Cricket World Mourns the Loss of Former Pakistan Captain Saeed Ahmed at 86

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Cricket World Mourns the Loss of Former Pakistan Captain Saeed Ahmed at 86

Former Pakistan cricket captain and all-rounder, Saeed Ahmed, passed away on Wednesday, 20th March, in Lahore at the age of 86, following a brief illness.

With a cricket career spanning from 1958 to 1973, Ahmed played 41 Test matches for Pakistan, amassing a total of 2991 runs at an impressive average of 40.41. His cricketing prowess was evident in his five centuries, three of which were scored against India.

Ahmed’s debut at the tender age of 20 was against the West Indies. This was the same match where Hanif Mohammad played a marathon knock of 337, spending an astounding 970 minutes on the pitch.

In this memorable debut, Ahmed partnered with Mohammad for the third wicket, contributing a commendable half-century (65) to their 154-run stand.

Saeed Ahmed in action

Ahmed briefly took over the captaincy from Hanif Mohammed for three Tests against England in 1969, all of which ended in a draw. His skills were not limited to batting; he was also a proficient off-spinner, claiming 22 wickets throughout his career.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi expressed his condolences on Ahmed’s passing, praising his dedication and invaluable contributions to Pakistan cricket.

“The PCB is deeply saddened by the loss of our former Test captain and extends heartfelt condolences to Saeed Ahmed’s family,” said Naqvi. “He served Pakistan with unwavering commitment and the PCB honours his remarkable record and services for the Test team.”