Abdul Hafeez Kardar
Google pays tribute to Pakistan's first Test captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar

The world’s most popular search engine Google paid tribute to the first captain of the Pakistan cricket team Abdul Hafeez Kardar on his 84th birthday.

Google issues special ‘doodles’ on special days, on the birthday of Abdul Hafeez Kardar, it replaced its logo with a customized one, which bore the legendary cricketer playing a stroke on front foot.

Abdul Hafeez Kardar was born on 17th January 1925 in Lahore. He captained Pakistan team in the first Test match played in 1952.

Kardar is one of the only three players who have played Test cricket for both India and Pakistan. He played three Tests for India during the 1946 tour of England. After the 1946 tour, he went to Oxford University for higher education.

The all-rounder have also played domestic cricket for a variety of teams, including Oxford University, Northern India and Muslims.

Kardar was a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler. He averaged 29.83 in batting, and 24.55 in bowling.

Kardar led Pakistan against all the Test playing nations of that time except South Africa, whom they never met and achieved an incomparable victory in all 23 matches.

In 1958, the fearless cricketer played against West Indies with a broken finger, where he bowled 37 overs and scored 57 runs.

Later he became chairman of selectors, and also served as president of Pakistan’s Board of Control from 1972 to 1977.

Abdul Hafeez Kardar died on April 21, 1996, at an age of 71.

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