Pakistan news July 29, 2013

Urdu commentator Munir Hussain dies


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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  • NAEEM 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!

  • Dummy4 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

  • Syed 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • ESPN 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.

  • 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • shahzad 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.