Pakistan news July 29, 2013

Urdu commentator Munir Hussain dies

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Munir Hussain, one of the pioneers of Urdu cricket commentary in Pakistan, has died aged 83 of a cardiac arrest in Karachi. A former right-arm seamer, he played a single first-class match for Kalat District in 1969-70, taking two wickets against Quetta in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

Born in November 1929, Hussain had earned many accolades during his distinguished commentary career spanning several decades. He was presented the Best Urdu Commentator of the Decade Award (1985-95), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, and the PCB's World Cup Legends Award presented on the 10th anniversary celebrations of Pakistan's victory in the 1992 World Cup.

He was also the founder of the first Urdu cricket magazine Akhbar-e-Watan. He also wrote a popular weekly column in the Urdu daily Jung for years, and had commentated on the game on television and radio in the 1970s.

"Munir Bhai, a journalist and broadcaster of renown from the early 1970s, had a fan following of his own," Najam Sethi, the PCB's acting chairman, said. "He was an informed, easygoing and affable personality; his death will be widely mourned by the journalist and broadcast community as well as the cricketing fraternity across the country."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Umms on | August 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    He was an outstanding radio commentrator with Idrees and Hassan Jalil. It was a time when cricket matches dont come live. The only matches with Urdu TV commentray was on those, who are played in Pakistan. I remember 80's series with WestIndies in Pakistan, when Imran Khan hit Michael Holding a six on the midwicket and he described that " aur zordar chakka(six)"."and its a strong hit for six". He used to describe stadium, people, the atmosphere in a way that listeners glue to radio and television sets. RIP Muneer Hassan

  • POSTED BY Paracha420 on | July 29, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Munir Hussain the legendary Urdu commentator who changed the face of Urdu commentary we will miss u sir.....Urdu commentary will never be the same again without Munir bhaii......RIP!!!!

  • POSTED BY NaeemSatti614 on | July 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    He was a great man, Godfather of Urdu Comentary. He has a great influence on Pakistan Team Player of 70's 80's and 90's. May ALLAH bless him and grant him Jannat...Ameen!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    He was patron of recently formed Cricket Commentators CLUB OF Pakistan and was always a volunteer while guiding other junior commentators in the country. I was lucky to commentate on his benefit match in Karachi few years back where legenday Omar Koeishi also came alongwith Little master Hanif Mohammad. May God rest his soul in eternal peace Amen

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | July 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Great Urdu commentator of Cricket, he and probably Hasan Jalil are the one who made the cricket so lively when live cricket matches were not available on TV and fans were used to listen on radio, May his soul rest in peace, ameen.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    a voice which is full of traditional culture of urdu accent has gone. God may give him eternal rest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Truly..... The legend commentator as well as Pakistan lover , There are few persons of his kind are now left... may her Soul will rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 29, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    We always Talk about cricket Legends but Sir Munir Hussain was the best amongs Urdu commentators , I still remember The voice of Hassan Jalil, Mohammed Idrees and Munir Hussain. May Allah Rest His Soul In Peace Aameen.

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | July 29, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Gone were those golden days of Pakistan cricket...great players, great captains and top commentators! Omar Quershi and Chisti Mujahid were the like the English counterparts of Munir Hussain and were equally terrific. May Almighty rests Mr.Munir Hussain soul to eternal peace.... Ameen.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    haahhh! Those were the beautifull days of Pakistan's Cricket...Stand up for the champion! May God bless him and grant him Jannat...Ameen!

  • POSTED BY Umms on | August 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    He was an outstanding radio commentrator with Idrees and Hassan Jalil. It was a time when cricket matches dont come live. The only matches with Urdu TV commentray was on those, who are played in Pakistan. I remember 80's series with WestIndies in Pakistan, when Imran Khan hit Michael Holding a six on the midwicket and he described that " aur zordar chakka(six)"."and its a strong hit for six". He used to describe stadium, people, the atmosphere in a way that listeners glue to radio and television sets. RIP Muneer Hassan

  • POSTED BY Paracha420 on | July 29, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Munir Hussain the legendary Urdu commentator who changed the face of Urdu commentary we will miss u sir.....Urdu commentary will never be the same again without Munir bhaii......RIP!!!!

  • POSTED BY NaeemSatti614 on | July 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    He was a great man, Godfather of Urdu Comentary. He has a great influence on Pakistan Team Player of 70's 80's and 90's. May ALLAH bless him and grant him Jannat...Ameen!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    He was patron of recently formed Cricket Commentators CLUB OF Pakistan and was always a volunteer while guiding other junior commentators in the country. I was lucky to commentate on his benefit match in Karachi few years back where legenday Omar Koeishi also came alongwith Little master Hanif Mohammad. May God rest his soul in eternal peace Amen

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | July 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Great Urdu commentator of Cricket, he and probably Hasan Jalil are the one who made the cricket so lively when live cricket matches were not available on TV and fans were used to listen on radio, May his soul rest in peace, ameen.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    a voice which is full of traditional culture of urdu accent has gone. God may give him eternal rest.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Truly..... The legend commentator as well as Pakistan lover , There are few persons of his kind are now left... may her Soul will rest in peace.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 29, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    We always Talk about cricket Legends but Sir Munir Hussain was the best amongs Urdu commentators , I still remember The voice of Hassan Jalil, Mohammed Idrees and Munir Hussain. May Allah Rest His Soul In Peace Aameen.

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | July 29, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Gone were those golden days of Pakistan cricket...great players, great captains and top commentators! Omar Quershi and Chisti Mujahid were the like the English counterparts of Munir Hussain and were equally terrific. May Almighty rests Mr.Munir Hussain soul to eternal peace.... Ameen.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    haahhh! Those were the beautifull days of Pakistan's Cricket...Stand up for the champion! May God bless him and grant him Jannat...Ameen!

  • POSTED BY cricketkhan on | July 29, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    RIP Munir Hussain. You belonged to a generation which is fast depleting in numbers.Very few are left, and those too are pushed out of active fields of life. Munir Hussain the commentator ,Editor of Akhbar Watan( which i never liked but still used to purchase it), organiser of cricket in Karachi, patron of so many early cricketers , but my memories go beyond all these. He was a sport columnist too, and i think thats where he started his career. as a child i used to read hi sports colunms in late mid 60's "kheel kay Medan Say" (or somthing like that), in Jang. I remember the days when Pakistan used to have radio or even Tv cricket commentry gems, and Munir for sure one of them, with a unique style of his own. He made urdu cricket commentory almost his exclusive estate. RIP always.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    we started learning about cricket while reading akhbar e watan. i remember i used to borrow it from one lady of our street. Allah bless him with eternal peace!!

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | July 29, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. He was the Pakistani Bradman of the booth.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | July 29, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    i used to read his famous magazine "Akhbar-e-Watan" eagerly. he was legend and true patriotic person. such journalists are hard to find in this era. May your soul rest in peace (aameen). cricket will always miss u

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Sir, Your voice is still echoing in my ear, You are the legend and the pioneer of the commentary. Moreover I learned about cricket from magazine Akhbar-e-Watan which contributed a lot in promoting cricket in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | July 29, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Big loss for Pakistan he had an amazing voice and was quite funny. May Allah grant him Jannat AMEEN.

  • POSTED BY reeja on | July 29, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I used to read his magazine Akhbar e Watan. since my childhood. lovely pictures, nice articles. so many people were fans of his magazine and him as well. I read his stories about pak tours of eng, aust, Nz and WI too. RIP

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Amazing voice with great sense of humor..... we will all miss him.... God has granted him death during the month of Ramazan.......Inshallah he will be remember for the rest of our cricket history.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Amazing voice with great sense of humor..... we will all miss him.... God has granted him death during the month of Ramazan.......Inshallah he will be remember for the rest of our cricket history.

  • POSTED BY reeja on | July 29, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    I used to read his magazine Akhbar e Watan. since my childhood. lovely pictures, nice articles. so many people were fans of his magazine and him as well. I read his stories about pak tours of eng, aust, Nz and WI too. RIP

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | July 29, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Big loss for Pakistan he had an amazing voice and was quite funny. May Allah grant him Jannat AMEEN.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Sir, Your voice is still echoing in my ear, You are the legend and the pioneer of the commentary. Moreover I learned about cricket from magazine Akhbar-e-Watan which contributed a lot in promoting cricket in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | July 29, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    i used to read his famous magazine "Akhbar-e-Watan" eagerly. he was legend and true patriotic person. such journalists are hard to find in this era. May your soul rest in peace (aameen). cricket will always miss u

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | July 29, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace. He was the Pakistani Bradman of the booth.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    we started learning about cricket while reading akhbar e watan. i remember i used to borrow it from one lady of our street. Allah bless him with eternal peace!!

  • POSTED BY cricketkhan on | July 29, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    RIP Munir Hussain. You belonged to a generation which is fast depleting in numbers.Very few are left, and those too are pushed out of active fields of life. Munir Hussain the commentator ,Editor of Akhbar Watan( which i never liked but still used to purchase it), organiser of cricket in Karachi, patron of so many early cricketers , but my memories go beyond all these. He was a sport columnist too, and i think thats where he started his career. as a child i used to read hi sports colunms in late mid 60's "kheel kay Medan Say" (or somthing like that), in Jang. I remember the days when Pakistan used to have radio or even Tv cricket commentry gems, and Munir for sure one of them, with a unique style of his own. He made urdu cricket commentory almost his exclusive estate. RIP always.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    haahhh! Those were the beautifull days of Pakistan's Cricket...Stand up for the champion! May God bless him and grant him Jannat...Ameen!

  • POSTED BY bohurupi on | July 29, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Gone were those golden days of Pakistan cricket...great players, great captains and top commentators! Omar Quershi and Chisti Mujahid were the like the English counterparts of Munir Hussain and were equally terrific. May Almighty rests Mr.Munir Hussain soul to eternal peace.... Ameen.