Former Pakistan Test player Khalid Wazir passes away at 84
Former Pakistan cricketer Khalid Wazir, who was part of the team during their tour of England in 1954, has died at the age of 84 after battling a prolonged illness. Wazir breathed his last on Saturday in Chester, where he had been residing.
Wazir played only two Tests for Pakistan but both his appearances came in the fateful series against England that established the South Asian nation's status in cricket.
Having been thrust into the limelight at the tender age of 18, Wazir did not have a fruitful outing in England and accumulated just 14 runs from two games without getting a chance to bowl.
He featured in a total of 18 first-class games and amassed 271 runs while his medium-pace bowling allowed him to register 14 wickets.
Wazir was born in Jalandhar, now part of India, in 1936 and his family decided to migrate to Pakistan following the partition of the subcontinent.
His father Syed Wazir Ali was a member of the very first Indian Test playing XI that made its debut against England in 1932.
Although his stint at the first-class level was brief, Wazir later developed a reputation for being a successful club cricketer at the North Staffordshire and District Cricket League.