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Last Updated: Monday, 30 May, 2005, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Ex-Pakistan captain Mahmood dies
Fazal Mahmood
Fazal Mahmood pictured in 2000
Former Pakistan captain Fazal Mahmood has died in Lahore at the age of 78 of a heart attack.

The medium-pacer will best be remembered for his 12-wicket haul as Pakistan beat England for the first time in a Test at The Oval in 1954.

He also took match figures of 12-94 in Pakistan's first win over India in Lucknow in 1952.

Mahmood played in 34 Test matches and took 139 wickets at an average of 24.70 and captained Pakistan for 10 series.

He succeeded Abdul Kardar as captain and led Pakistan against West Indies in 1958-59, Australia in 1959-60 and India in 1960-61.

A statement from Pakistan Cricket Board said: "The chairman has expressed deep sorrow on the passing of Oval Test hero and one of the legends of Pakistan cricket Fazal Mahmood.

"His tally of 139 wickets in an era when cricket was played with long gaps in between series proves that he was truly one of Pakistan's cricketing greats."

A tall bowler with an aristocratic bearing and pin-up looks, Mahmood was his country's first significant cricketer.

He was known as the Alec Bedser of the Pakistan game because of his metronomic accuracy and ability to move the ball both ways.

Mahmood was born in Lahore and before partition played in the Ranji Trophy for Northern India and was selected for India's tour to Australia in 1946.
Mahmood was the doyen of Pakistan bowlers in the formative years and all our wins since we started playing Test cricket were indebted to him
Hanif Mohammad

In 1955, he was the first Pakistan player to be awarded Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

Former team-mate and long time-friend Hanif Mohammad described Mahmood's death as a "great loss to Pakistan cricket".

"Mahmood was a great human being, always willing to help anyone who sought his advice," he said.

"Mahmood was the doyen of Pakistan bowlers in the formative years and all our wins since we started playing Test cricket were indebted to him.

"It was just because of his bowling feats that Pakistan achieved the rare honour of beating every country in our early series in 1950s and 60s."


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