Shakoor Rana      

Full name Shakoor Rana

Born April 3, 1936, Amritsar, Punjab, India

Died April 9, 2001, Lahore, Punjab (aged 65 years 6 days)

Major teams Lahore, Pakistan Railways, Punjab

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Other Umpire

Relation Brother - Shafqat Rana, Brother - Azmat Rana, Brother - Sultan Rana, Son - Mansoor Rana, Son - Maqsood Rana

Shakoor Rana
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 11 18 0 226 48 12.55 0 0 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5w 10
First-class 11 437 12 4/88 36.41 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1957/58 - 1969/70
Umpiring statistics
Test debut Pakistan v West Indies at Lahore, Feb 15-20, 1975 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Nov 21-24, 1996 scorecard
Test matches 18
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v England at Sahiwal, Dec 23, 1977 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Peshawar, Nov 3, 1996 scorecard
ODI matches 22
ODI statistics

Shakoor Rana's place in cricket history will be as the umpire who was involved in the infamous slanging match with Mike Gatting which stopped the Faisalabad Test in December, 1987. The circumstances leading to the exchange are well documented, as are the consequences. Rana was a genial and popular character who came from a famous sporting family. His brothers Shafqat Rana and Azmat Rana both represented Pakistan in Tests and a third brother, Sultan Rana, became a cricket administrator and junior national selector. His two sons - Maqsood and Mansoor - also played first-class cricket. Rana himself played first-class cricket as a right-hand bat and right-arm medium-fast bowler, but his career was more stop than start and in 12 seasons he made only 11 appearances. But it was as an umpire he made his name. His debut was against the West Indies at his home town of Lahore in 1974-75 and his last Test was against New Zealand team on the same ground in 1996-97. He was a competent umpire, upright and bold in his decision making, but prone to bouts of self-importance. Before the Gatting incident, he had almost come to blows with Jeremy Coney, New Zealand's captain, over disputed decisions. But those were rare blemishes against a decent man. It is just a shame that they are what he will generally be remembered for.
Martin Williamson

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Shakoor Rana, Faisalabad, 1997

Shakoor Rana

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Dec 10, 1987

Mike Gatting, Shakoor Rana and Peter Lush, the England manager, after the uneasy truce, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Faisalabad, December 10, 1987

Mike Gatting, Shakoor Rana and Peter Lush, the England manager, after the uneasy truce

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Dec 9, 1987

Shakoor Rana in the umpires' room at Faisalabad, Pakistan v England, 2nd Test, Faisalsbad, December 9, 1987

Shakoor Rana in the umpires' room at Faisalabad

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Brother of Azmat Rana, Shafqat Rana, Sultan Rana

Father of Maqsood Rana, Mansoor Rana