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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 May, 2005, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Bazid keeps it in the family
By Shahid Hashmi

Bazid Khan
Bazid has played two one-day games for Pakistan
If Bazid Khan plays against West Indies in Barbados next week, he will be the third generation of his family to represent Pakistan in a Test match.

Bazid's father Majid played 63 Tests and 23 one-day internationals, captaining his country in three drawn Tests against England.

His grandfather Dr Jahangir Khan, famous for killing a sparrow with a delivery at Lord's, earned the first of four Test caps for India in their inaugural Test in 1932.

It would be fitting if Khan does make his debut in the Caribbean, which produced three Test cricketers from the Headley family.

George Headley, perhaps the first truly world-class West Indies batsman, played 22 Tests for the West Indies.

His son Ron played two Tests in the early 1970s and grandson Dean, a talented swing bowler, featured in 15 Tests and 13 one-day games for England.

Bazid stands a good chance of playing in Bridgetown as captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will miss the game because of a ban imposed for excessive appealing against India two months ago.

And one possible replacement, Shoaib Malik, will also watch the match from the dressing room after being handed a one-Test ban for throwing a domestic match.

I want to show inheritence can be a blessing
Bazid Khan
"First I thought that we would be the first three-generations case, but even emulating the Headleys is a great honour," Bazid told BBC Sport.

The 24-year-old is a prolific scorer in Pakistan's first-class cricket and, after hitting two hundreds for Pakistan 'A' on their tour of Sri Lanka in March and April, he was called up at Inzamam's request.

Bazid finds the prospect of following in the family footsteps as exciting as it is frightening.

"I didn't see my grandfather much because when he died in 1988 I was just seven," said Bazid, who scored 12 and nought in his two one-day games against Zimbabwe last year.

"What I know of my father was that he was majestic and awe-inspiring. It would be very tough to emulate his achievements."

Test cricket's 130-year history has seen 39 instances when a son has followed in his father's footsteps.

India's first-ever captain, Lala Amarnath, had two Test-playing sons in Mohinder and Surinder, as did Walter Hadlee, whose sons Richard and Dayle also played for New Zealand.

Majid Khan in action for Pakistan against the West Indies in 1980
Bazid Khan's father Majid is a former Pakistan captain
But Majid and Bazid Khan could be only the third father-son pair to feature in both Test and one-day cricket, the others being New Zealand's Lance and Chris Cairns and India's Yograj and Yuvraj Singh.

Bazid's father was not his only role model. He also looked to Majid's cousins, Imran Khan and Javed Burki, for guidance.

"Uncle Burki, my mother's brother, has followed my career since it started. Uncle Imran gave me lessons on how to leave a bouncer," said Bazid.

The family also boasts eight others who played first-class cricket, either in India or Pakistan.

"I am proud just like any other father," said Majid.

"He [Bazid] always had the talent to play at this level."

Dr Jahangir Khan chaired Pakistan's panel of selectors but, as a matter of principle, resigned when his son Majid came in the reckoning in 1964.

And Majid, a Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive between 1996 to 1999, also declined a post in Pakistan's cricket set-up recently.

"I don't know my being his father ever helped him or impeded his career because I was also involved in cricket administration," he said.

"But he caught the selectors' eyes and that's why he is in the team."

Bazid's main focus now is to maintain his family's high standards.

"I want to carry the pedigree, to show inheritence can be a blessing."


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