Pakistan's Imtiaz Ahmed is dead


January 03, 2017


Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistan's former Test wicketkeeper-batsman who became a chief selector after his playing career, has died. He was 88.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Ahmed, Pakistan's oldest living Test cricketer, died on Saturday in Lahore following a chest infection.

Ahmed played 41 Tests from 1952-62, scoring 2,079 runs at an average of 29 and taking 77 catches. He hit three centuries, including a career-best 209 against New Zealand at Lahore in 1955, three years after touring India with Pakistan's first official Test side.

"This is a sad day for Pakistan cricket," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. Ahmed notably took seven catches off the pace bowling of Fazal Mehmood's bowling to help Pakistan beat England at the Oval in 1954.

He served as chief selector from 1976-78 and was a consultant for the PCB's women's cricket activities from 2005-08.

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