December 15, 1930, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
July 12, 2012, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, (aged 81y 210d)
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Alimuddin was a burley opening batsman who preferred attack to defence and an outstanding fielder. He made his mark at an early age, appearing for Rajasthan in the pre-partition Ranji Trophy when aged 12 year and 73 days, the youngest person to play in a first-class match. He top-scored in his first innings, albeit with 13, and then was second top score in the second innings with 27. Eleven years later, on Pakistan's first tour of England in 1954, he started with a hundred at Worcester and 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, but hitting back with a Test-best 109 and 53 against England at Karachi in 1961-62. After captaining Karachi B, he became the national coach before moving to London to work for Pakistan International Airlines.
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