Full Name

Wasim Bari

Born

March 23, 1948, Karachi, Sind

Age

73y 216d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm bowler

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Other

Administrator

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For a nation which has produced glovemen of quality but not of the calibre to be tagged as greats, Wasim Bari stands out by a distance. He was not spectacular in the mould of a Rodney Marsh or a Jeffrey Dujon. Acrobatic dives and stunning catches were not his forte. That said, one must acknowledge that Bari was an exceptionally safe `keeper, one very close to the best of his era.

As the skipper, and the team's only really fast bowler, Imran Khan had complete faith in Bari's ability and dissuaded him from prematurely calling it quits on a couple of occasions. For someone who was not thoroughly tested against pace, it was a tribute that Imran thought that he was as good as England's Alan Knott. Bari went on to play 81 Tests, in which he had 228 victims against his name, 27 of them stumpings. In terms of both the number of Tests and scalps behind the stumps, Bari's statistics still survive as a Pakistan record two decades after he hung his gloves.

Bari was also a competent late-order batsman whose figures fail to reflect his true ability in this sphere; his 19 ducks are a Pakistan record. He, however, managed 1,366 runs in 112 innings, with six scores of 50-plus being his major innings.

Bari had a brief stint as a stop-gap captain, on back to back home and away short rubbers against England when the Kerry Packer storm was raging in full fury. At home, on placid wickets custom-made to ensure dreary draws, Pakistan predictably held firm under him, winning none, losing none: On the away tour, the side was badly mauled, losing two Tests, with rain ensuring a draw in the third.

Bari was honored by the PCB with the Life Achievement Award in 1997, on the nation's Golden Jubilee of Independence, perhaps due less to the sum total of his contribution behind or in front the stumps, than his being an integral part of the 70s and 80s side which achieved quite a few distinctions and was rated among the best in contemporary cricket. He went on to become the head of Pakistan's selection panel.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test811122613668515.8806220127
ODI5126132213417.0043151.27005210
FC28635792575117721.70221684144
List A8547204515416.70019520
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test811820---2.00-000
ODI51------------
FC286663011/1130.002.7266.0000
List A85000-----000
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Wasim Bari and Ijaz Butt address a press conference
Wasim Bari makes a point to the reporters
Wasim Bari portrait
PCB chief selector Wasim Bari speaks to the media after announcing Pakistan's squad for the upcoming tour of India
Chairman of selectors Wasim Bari announcing a 15-man team for the 2003 ICC World Cup
Wasim Bari announces the Pakistan squad for the 2003 World Cup