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Pioneer Wicket Keeper

Pioneer Wicket Keeper

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed, one of our legendary cricketers. He was the first Pakistani regular pioneer wicket keeper that also gave a good counting in runs. He was in a slot of those legendary cricketers who performed as all rounder. He played as right handed middle order batsman in 41 test matches. His bowling style was right arm off break.

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed was born in Lahore and graduated from Islamia College, Lahore. He was among those patriotic and devoted players who gave the country a good and positive start in 50’s. At that time Pakistan cricket team had started to participate in international cricket and so did Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed. He started his career as a wicket keeper which often forced to bat to support the team. His debut test match was India vs Pakistan at Delhi in 1952. His middle order batsman position often turned into attacking opener. He scored 2079 runs in his career with three 100s and eleven 50s. He was the first Pakistani cricketer who made the fist ever double century by a wicketkeeper. This outstanding 209 runs were scored against New Zealand in October 1955.

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed was a roll model for their successors. Majid Khan, a former Pakistani cricketer, once said that he inspired by Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed by taking Wes Hall (a former West Indian cricketer) at Lahore in 1958-59. As a wicketkeeper he was a proud for nation while as a batsman he was a magnificent hooker of his time. He also played First class cricket. His span was from 1944 to 1973 in which he scored 10391 runs with twenty two 100s and forty five 50s. In March 1951, while playing for India Prime Minister’s XI vs Commonwealth XI, he scored a triple century. This world class achievement has been achieved by two more players only.

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed’s is one of the legendary cricketers whose family members also participated in cricket. His brother Chaudhary Iftikhar Ahmed was an umpire. Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed also played for Pakistan Air Force, Northern India and Punjab cricket teams.


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