Shaan Agha, in the Dawn pays a tribute to Fazal Mahmood, who made his first-class debut in the Ranji Trophy but moved to Pakistan post partition. He was also one of Pakistan cricket's first poster boys.

At the age of 19 Fazal was selected to play for India on its maiden tour to Australia in 1947-48, which was going to be his only chance to play against Sir Don Bradman who was to retire that year. He even attended the conditioning camp for the tour, but amidst mass murder and bloodbath in the region, Fazal had to flee the country in haste.