Funeral prayers of Hanif Mohammad to be offered today

KARACHI: The funeral prayers of legendary Pakistani cricket player Hanif Mohammad will be held today in Karachi after Friday prayers.

The former Test cricketer and also player of the world’s longest Test innings, had lost a prolonged battle with cancer on Thursday.

The legendary cricketer had been facing health complications and undergoing treatment for lung cancer, doctors at the Aga Khan hospital had informed.

The cricket legend, nicknamed “Little Master” played the longest innings in Test history — his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58. The knock was followed a year later with the highest first-class innings to that point, 499 run out.

Hanif was known for his defensive batting but could attack when the situation called for it, and many claim he is the originator of the reverse-sweep.

The 81-year-old was famous for his dogged batting in Pakistan’s nascent years in international cricket, having opened as a schoolboy for the country´s first Test against India in Delhi in 1952.

In January 2009, Hanif was named along with two other Pakistani players — Imran Khan and Javed Miandad — among the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC’s Hall of Fame.

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