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Former Pakistan opener Alimuddin dies aged 81

Umar Farooq

July 12, 2012

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Alimuddin (standing, second from left) made his first-class debut at the age of 12 © Getty Images
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Alimuddin, the former Pakistan opener who faced the first delivery bowled by an international side in Pakistan, has died at the age of 81. He was 12 years old when he made his first-class debut in 1942-43, appearing for Rajasthan, in the pre-partition Ranji Trophy.

He was a member of the touring side led by Abdul Hafeez Kardar on the historic tour to England in 1954. He started with a hundred at Worcester and scored a second one against Cambridge, but his form fell away and in three Tests he managed only 51 runs. He bounced back to be the best batsman on either side in Pakistan's first home series, against India in 1954-55, but he rarely found his best form thereafter, losing his place in the West Indies, before hitting back with a Test-best 109 and 53 against England at Karachi in 1961-62.

Alimuddin was also the first batsman to score a hundred at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi against India, in a low-scoring match in 1955. He played 25 Tests for Pakistan, before retiring and moving to England where he worked in Heathrow Airport for Pakistan International Airlines.

He had lung and heart problems, and was also on dialysis. His international career lasted eight years, ending in 1962. He would have played more matches, had it not been for the presence of other quality openers like Nazar Mohammad and Hanif Mohammad. After partition, he stayed back in India to play the 1947-48 season, but later migrated to Karachi.

Alimuddin's was a cricketing family with two of his brothers, Azimuddin and Salimuddin, also playing first-class cricket briefly. He remained unmarried all his life, working to support his sister and brothers.

The Pakistan board conveyed their condolences to the family. "The PCB management is deeply saddened by the loss of Mr Alimuddin, and their thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of sorrow," a PCB release said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

May his soul rest in Heaven!

Posted by SPA001 on (July 14, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Had the pleasue of regular contact with Alim Bhai since 1994. He along with his two colleagues - Shuja-ud-din and Khan Mohammad - were a regular feaure in cricket circles, ever since settling down in London. Alim bhai believed in class which was not what he associated with the many of the Pakistan players. His own grooming as a person and a cricketer took place in Ajmer, Bombay and Karachi. A must subject for a biography - an ideal way to pay respect to one of the pillars of the early years of Pakistan cricket. 'Munajee' shall live in our hearts and thougts forever. Your wit, humour and cricket anecdotes, that helped us to understand cricket in the 1940s and 1950s will be badly missed. A bachelor who devoted his life in raising the living standard of his brothers and sisters. RIP.

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

what a playerIT IS A BIG LOSS FOR US. RIP

Posted by   on (July 14, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Wonderful gentleman and it was a joy to talk with him of the golden era of cricket and the superb cricketer's and heroes of Pakistani cricket.

Straight talking and honest man with a true lifelong passion for the game.Forever to be missed by his family.

The true legacy and passion of Pakistani cricket is to be found in men like Alimuddin and the late Khan Mohammed and may they all rest in peace.

Please lets look after our former players much better and grant them the privilages they truly deserve and have fought for.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

RIP Mr Alimuddin, May ur family bear this lose with patience. . .

And thanks to the cricinfo team for bringing infront those people infront, who were long lost and were not in even the dictionaries of the new generation..Bravo..

Posted by voyager on (July 13, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

May he rest in peace.

It is very evident that news like this from pakistan did find its rightful place on the front page, always tucked inside in 'pakistan' page. Can't help but notice!

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

its very sad to hear he died. i have met him few time

Posted by Kumail_Asadi on (July 13, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

PCB have never introduced such early heroes of Pakistan. I have ever come to know from ESPNcricinfo. May Allah bless him. Engineer Kumail Asadi

Posted by anver777 on (July 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

May Allah grant him "Jannathul Firdouse"

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

ALLAH bless him and all of us

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