Pakistan news December 20, 2010

First-class stalwart Aamer Bashir dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aamer Bashir, a first-class stalwart in Pakistan, lost a long-running battle to cancer on Monday morning. He was 38.

Bashir, from Multan, was a prolific middle-order batsman through the 1990s and 2000s, making a name for himself initially with Multan, United Bank Limited and Pakistan Customs.

He was, according to domestic team-mates, a man for a crisis, regularly bailing out sides with faltering top orders. He was as adept at stemming a collapse as launching a counter and his limited overs record - he averaged just under 40 in 50-over games - is testament to his attacking instincts.

He was good enough to be on the fringes of Pakistan selection for a sustained period in the earlier part of the decade; Pakistan's middle-order strength was such, however, that the closest he got was being selected in Pakistan's squad for the one-off ODI against India in Kolkata in November 2005.

But deteriorating health steadily brought him down. He played his last first-class game in February 2009 and continued playing league cricket in England. His best days were, however, gone and he had been fighting cancer on and off by then.

He was a popular team-man and over the years friends such as Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Rashid Latif and Basit Ali - all current or former Pakistan internationals - worked hard to ensure he received proper medical treatment.

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Thats a real shocking news for us. Amer was a very good player and pride of multan division cricket. may allah rest his soul in peace.

  • philip on December 22, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Amer bashir was a great cricketer, i last umpired a match in which he played in june this year. i dont think he was at his best but he still made 60 odd,he will be sadly missed in the saddleworth league. a true gentleman. may you rest in peace, from philip metcalf umpire.

  • azeem on December 22, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    I dont know whether he was able to get adeqaute teratment or not but even if he was terated its still sad that that was due to the support and efforts of his friends who were international cricketers. If the PCB (a body that has no shortage of cash) cant ensure that first class cricketers have a decent livelyhood it can atleast help them out in times like these and provide treatment for such illnesses. I read about him a lot and its sad that he never got to represent Pakistan when probably players of lesser ability did.

    May he rest in peace.

    @PCB: whats done is done. Now please atleast work to ensure that no player has to go through such circumstances without support again.

  • Tamoor on December 21, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    I had been following AB since atleast 1997 when I was only 16. I always thought that he would make it to the national side but he was unlucky that he played in the era of Inzi, Younis, Yousuf when it was hard to penetrate through this middle order. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen

  • Rachel on December 21, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Rest in Peace Aamir, everybody at Hollinwood is missing you already! You were a great guy and a credit to our club. It is a very very sad time and I hope God gives your wife and child strength, we are all thinking of them. Cricket at our club will never be the same again!! Rest in peace xxxxxx

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    I never knew Aamer. Having gone through his first class record just now, I hope that his employers look after his family. He obviously gave his all to his First Class department. Ina Lillah He Wa Ina Elehe Rajeoon.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Honey bhayee may Allah be merciful and bless u in the hereafter

  • fahad on December 20, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Illahi Rajiyoon. May Allah bless his soul and give strength to his family, Ameen.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Heart felt condolences to the family. I had the honor to play with him in Multan. I remember him as a calm and very nice human being.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Vwery sad to hear of AB's death at the young age of 38.

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