Abdul Kardar      

Full name Abdul Hafeez Kardar

Born January 17, 1925, Lahore, Punjab

Died April 21, 1996, Islamabad, Punjab (aged 71 years 95 days)

Major teams India, Pakistan, Muslims, Northern India, Oxford University, Services (Pakistan), Warwickshire

Also known as played as Abdul Hafeez until 1947

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Abdul Hafeez Kardar
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 26 42 3 927 93 23.76 0 5 2 16 0
First-class 174 262 33 6832 173 29.83 8 32 110 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 26 26 2712 954 21 3/35 5/73 45.42 2.11 129.1 0 0 0
First-class 174 24256 8448 344 7/25 24.55 2.08 70.5 19 4
Career statistics
Test debut England v India at Lord's, Jun 22-25, 1946 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, Mar 26-31, 1958 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1943/44 - 1965/66

Kardar, Abdul Hafeez, who died on April 21, 1996, aged 71, may be regarded as the father figure of Pakistani cricket and, as such, an important character in the history of the country as a whole. He captained Pakistan in their First Test match in 1952 and was at the forefront of events from then until he resigned from the Pakistani Board in 1977 in protest against Government interference. But he was a Test cricketer before Pakistan even existed, playing for India on the 1946 tour of England under the name Abdul Hafeez. After the tour he added the family name Kardar, stayed in England and went to Oxford to read PPE and enhance his reputation as an idiosyncratic and fearless cricketer: a left-handed batsman, whose response to any bowler or situation was to dance down the track first ball and slam it back over the bowler's head, and a left-arm medium-paced bowler, economical on a good pitch, devastatingly effective on a bad one. Kardar had a couple of productive seasons with Warwickshire, where his successes included marrying the club chairman's daughter, then returned to Pakistan to take on the captaincy. He had learned well under Martin Donnelly and Tom Dollery and, as Test cricket's newcomers, Pakistan at once made themselves worthy of respect rather than anyone's sympathy. In 23 matches as captain, Kardar led his team to victory over all the then Test-playing countries except South Africa, whom they never met. He then became chairman of selectors, and president of Pakistan's Board of Control from 1972 to 1977. In all his positions of authority, he was inclined to be dictatorial and quickly angered, especially by any hint of criticism. In some ways, his prickly brilliance has become characteristic of his country's cricket. But he was also a visionary. He ruthlessly modernised the organisation of the Pakistani game, and many of the themes he was advocating in the 1970s have become common currency among modern administrators: the need to do away with unwieldy committees, to break the post-imperial dominance of Lord's, and to expand the game in Asia. He was an early advocate of neutral umpires. Little of this was well received by his colleagues on ICC at the time. In later years he removed himself from cricket and his last public role was as Pakistan's ambassador to Switzerland. Diplomacy may not have come easily to him. Imran Khan said: After Kardar's retirement, Pakistan cricket was thrown to the wolves, the cricket bureaucrats whose progeny still rule the game.
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Abdul Hafeez Kardar - Portrait

Abdul Hafeez Kardar - Portrait

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Jul 1, 1954

The Pakistan squad for the Trent Bridge Test of 1954

The Pakistan squad for the Trent Bridge Test of 1954

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May 5, 1954

The Pakistan squad at Lord's. (Back row, left to right) Wazir Mohammad, Khalid Hasan, Shujauddin, Shakoor Ahmed, Zulfiqar Ahmed; (Middle row) Khalid Wazir, Waqar Hasan, Ikram Elahi, Mohammad Aslam, Mahmood Hussain, Alimuddin, Hanif Mohammad; (Front row) MEZ Ghazali, Fazal Mahmood, Abdul Kardar, Imtiaz Ahmed, Maqsood Ahmed

The Pakistan squad at Lord's

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