Still considered by many to be the finest wicketkeeper Pakistan has had. Mostly he was very safe but also always able to pull off the spectacular. He was as comfortable against Imran Khan's prodigious swing - the most difficult bowler he kept to, he says - as he was to Abdul Qadir's spin. So good was he, in fact, that at his peak in 1978, he went through an entire three-Test series against England without conceding a single bye. Amid the great modern keepers - Rodney Marsh, Jeffrey Dujon, Alan Knott, Bob Taylor - Bari's name does not seem out of place. He was a sturdier bat than his average indicates.
Imtiaz was an integral half of Pakistan's earliest, most potent combination: c Imtiaz b Fazal. He wasn't a specialist wicketkeeper but made do, getting by on as few errors as possible. He preferred safety to showmanship and only took up the gloves again (he had given up after being hit in the eye in 1951) because Hanif was struggling. As a package, though, he was ahead of his time, opening the batting and hooking and pulling the best fast bowlers. Omar Kureishi thought him one of the best batsmen Pakistan produced, "a simple man who believed a long hop was a long hop, even if the bowler was Fred Trueman". He was the first wicketkeeper to hit a Test double, and on the 1954 tour of England very nearly became the only tourist to complete the unique double of 1000 runs and 100 victims.
In many eyes Latif is the most naturally gifted wicketkeeper Pakistan have had, ahead even of Bari. He didn't play enough Tests to warrant a decisive verdict but certainly very few have made wicketkeeping appear as effortless and clean a discipline as Latif did. No Pakistani has been as stretched and agile in his diving. Against spin, in particular, he was swift on the take. And though Moin Khan, great rival and good friend, was probably the better batsman, Latif actually averages fractionally higher. As a debut fifty at The Oval showed, he was as stylish with the bat as with the gloves.
Not as clean as others, and prone to errors, but if this were a vote for spirit, bravery and pure guts-out fight, Moin would win hands down. He worked harder than most on his keeping, turning himself from an ordinary one into one fit for international cricket, and on his days he could be very sharp. The heart was most evident in his batting, however, which gave Pakistan real grit and explosiveness down the order. He could win a game with the bat, save it, or counterattack, as shown in his 70 to win a Test when Pakistan were 26 for 6 in Kolkata, or his Test-best 137 in Hamilton.
Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of Cricinfo