Pakistan’s last surviving member of the first Test squad passes away


Karachi: Waqar Hasan, Pakistan’s last surviving member of the first Test squad passed away on Monday at the age of 87.

Waqar made it into Pakistan’s first Test squad which played against India in October 1952. He scored 357 runs in five-match Test series against India at their backyard. Born in Amritsar in September 1932, Waqar went onto play 21 Tests from 1952 to 1959.

He scored 1,071 runs including a century which he struck against New Zealand at Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore in October 1955.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed its grief and sorrow over the passing of former Test batsman. PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said: “It is a sad day for Pakistan cricket as today we have lost our last hero who put us on the world cricket map in 1952. He was from that elite group of cricketers that laid the foundation of what turned into a proud cricket nation,

“I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but the utmost respect for Waqar.”