Sportsmen

Samiullah Khan

Samiullah Khan born on September 6, 1951, Bahawalpur, is a former field hockey player from Pakistan, who was nicknamed The Flying Horse because of his great speed. He played as a left winger for his native country in 1970s and 1980s.

He was instrumental in Pakistan's bronze medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and winning gold in Asian Games in Bangkok in 1978. Khan retired from international hockey in 1982 while he was a captain of Pakistan. His brother Kaleemullah Khan also played for the national field hockey team of Pakistan. He later managed the Pakistani team, quitting in 2005. Samiullah is also nephew of Haji Matiullah Khan, who was member of the 1960 Rome Olympics gold-winning Pakistan hockey side. Samiullah was referred by the sobriquet "Flying Horse", So breathtaking was the power, rhythm,grace asd control of this celebrated left-winger. Akhtar retired in a blaze of glory, as skipper of the side which won the gold in the 82's Bombay Sami definitely was one of the greats, the kind of player whom one could go miles to watch.with the possible exception of Hassan Sardar, he was an outstanding player of his era in terms of flair and skill and also in star value. In 1972, with the celebrated left-winger Shahnaz Sheikh serving the FIH ban , the pakistan team was looking for a replacement. Sami was basically an inside forward,but the selectors tried him on the wing. They hit pay dirt, as with Zahid Sheikh,Shahbaz's elder brother who was a highly artistic inner, feeding him sami made such a terrific impact that the slot was his till he hung his bootsin 1982 after he captained side to that memorable Asiad triumph where India was decimated 7-1. Going on a victorious note was the cherished dream of this gentle, relaxed winger who was like a bolt in the left,piercing the opposition defences at will, turning on his heels at such stunning speed one would not have believed possible had one not seen him in action .The marvel was that he could still send measured, goals fetching crosses running at that scorching pace. As manager of the national Junior team,Sami guided it for the first time since 1979 to a position where it could have won the gold only to see the dream fade away due to bone drenching rain. Pakistan had to remain content with a silver .For the'96 Olympics, sami was handed a fractious team after the trauma of revolt at the eleventh hour, and it was none ofhis fault that it landed its worst position in the Olympics, a lowly sixth . Sami was again manager of the Junior side when he was in for the disappointment of his life when in the sixth World Cup at Milton Keynes, Pakistan finished fifth, the first time they were to remain out of the medals hunt.

Shahbaz Ahmad - Speedy Left-in of Pakistan Hockey

Shahbaz Ahmad is one of the greatest hockey players of all times. Shahbaz had great ball control and has got great speed. He played a major rule in Pakistan victories in 1994 World Cup Sydney Australia and Champions Trophy 1994 Lahore Pakistan.

Shahbaz Ahmad is known as The Man With The Electric Heels. This is a nick name given to this legendary Pakistan forward player by one and all. His energy and speed on the field has been unmatched till date. Born in the year 1968 on the 1st of September in Faisalabad, this player made his debut in the year 1986.

He was the captain of the side too and has led his team to many glorious victories. His victories have not only been on the lands of his country but he has had many wins across the globe as well.

The only player in the world to hold the record for winning the man of the tournament award in two consecutive world cups; the 1990 hockey world cup and the 1994 hockey world cup. The icing on the cap being the Pakistan won the world cup in the year 1994 while stood second in 1990 world cup.

He has won many other gold medals in various other tournaments. Some of the tournaments where he has won the gold medal are 1989 Asian games, 3rd Asia cup held in New Delhi. His collection of silver medals starts at the 1988 Champions trophy, followed by the seventh world cup in 1990 and the BMW trophy in the same year too. The champion’s trophy held in the year 1989 he bagged a bronze medal too. Over and above this the trophies and medals won by this player in local tournaments are so many that a museum of only his awards can be made.

In international hockey, the number of caps that a captain has is of a lot of importance. Shahbaz Ahmad is the most capped Pakistani captain with 304 caps. After his retirement form international hockey, he played for a Dutch club for a period of two years. The Dutch club is known as Oranje Zwart.

This Pakistani captain earned his nickname not just for fun. People truly meant what they called him for fun. His electric fast dribbling and smoother than butter running earned him this nick name.

This highly capped captain of Pakistan though quit playing hockey in the year 1998 made a come back in the year 2001. This was a decision which didn’t go to well with many senior officials. Shahbaz Ahmad has always been a busy player who is involved with hockey in form or the other. He coaches a lot of young lads and is desperately trying to bring back the victory spree into Pakistan hockey.

Imran Khan - 1952

Imran Khan Niazi (born November 25, 1952) is a Pakistani cricketer and politician. Khan played for the Pakistani cricket team from 1971 to 1992, and led them as captain to his country's first and only World Cup victory in 1992. With a record of 3807 runs and 362 wickets in Test cricket, Khan is known as one of the finest all-rounders in the modern history of the game. In April 1996, he founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice),  of which he is chairman as well as sole ever-elected member of Parliament. He represented Mianwali as a member of the National Assembly from October 2002 to October 2007.

Early life and education

Khan was born to Shaukat Khanum and Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, in Lahore. He grew up as the only son in a family with four sisters. Settled in the province of Punjab, Khan's family descended from the Pashtun, Niazi Shermankhel tribe of Mianwali. His maternal lineage consists of numerous professional cricketers, including Javed Burki and Majid Khan, both of whom captained Pakistan's national team.

Khan started his education at Aitchison College and the Cathedral School in Lahore. After middle school, he left Pakistan to study at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, United Kingdom, where he excelled at cricket. He then went on to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford in 1972, graduating with a second-class degree in Politics and a third in Economics.

Cricket career

Imran Khan

Personal information
Full Name Imran Khan Niazi
Born 25 November 1952 (1952-11-25) (age 55) Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Role All-rounder
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
International information
Test debut (cap 65) 3 June 1971: v England
Last Test 7 January 1992: v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 12) 31 August 1974: v England
Last ODI 25 March 1992: v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1977 – 1988 Sussex
1984/85 New South Wales
1975 – 1981 PIA
1971 – 1976 Worcestershire
1973 – 1975 Oxford University
1969 – 1971 Lahore
Career statistics
  Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 88 175 382 425
Runs scored 3807 3709 17771 10100
Batting average 37.69 33.41 36.79 33.22
100s/50s 6/18 1/19 30/93 5/66
Top score 136 102* 170 114*
Balls bowled 19458 7461 65224 19122
Wickets 362 182 1287 507
Bowling average 22.81 26.61 22.32 22.31
5 wickets in innings 23 1 70 6
10 wickets in match 6 n/a 13 n/a
Best bowling 8/58 6/14 8/34 6/14
Catches/stumpings 28/– 36/– 117/– 84/–
As of 26 October 2007

Khan made a lacklustre first-class cricket debut at the age of sixteen in Lahore. By the start of the 1970s, he was playing for his home teams of Lahore A (1969-70), Lahore B (1969-70), Lahore Greens (1970-71) and, eventually, Lahore (1970-71). Khan was part of Oxford's Blues Cricket team during the 1973-75 seasons, and captained the University XI in 1974. At Worcestershire, where he played county cricket from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as only an average medium pace bowler. During this decade, other teams represented by Khan include Dawood Industries (1975-76) and Pakistan International Airlines (1975-76 to 1980-81). From 1983 to 1988, he moved on to play for Sussex.

In 1971, Khan made his Test cricket debut against England at Birmingham. Three years later, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Nottingham for the Prudential Trophy. After graduating from Oxford and finishing his tenure at Worcestershire, he returned to Pakistan in 1976 and secured a permanent place on his native national team starting from the 1976-77 season, during which they faced New Zealand and Australia.

Following the Australian series, he toured the West Indies, where he met Tony Greig, who signed him up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. His credentials as one of the fastest bowlers of the world started to establish when he finished third at 139.7 km/h in a fast bowling contest at Perth in 1978, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts.

Khan achieved the all-rounder's triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second fastest record behind Ian Botham's 72. He is also established as having the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 of the batting order. He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. His last ODI was the historic 1992 World Cup final against England at Melbourne, Australia, which culminated in the crowning glory of Khan's career.

Khan ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world's fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score remains 102 not out. His best ODI bowling is documented at 6 wickets for 14 runs. Khan retired permanently from cricket six months after the 1992 World Cup, in September.

Captaincy

At the height of his career, in 1982, the thirty-year old Khan took over the captaincy of the Pakistani cricket team from Javed Miandad. In the team's second match under his leadership, Khan led them to their first Test win on English soil for 28 years at Lord's.

Khan's first year as captain was the peak of his legacy as a fast bowler as well as an all-rounder. He recorded the best Test bowling of his career while taking 8 wickets for 58 runs against Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1981-82. He also topped both the bowling and batting averages against England in three Test series in 1982, taking 21 wickets and averaging 56 with the bat. Later the same year, he put up a highly acknowledged performance in a home series against the formidable Indian team by taking 40 wickets in six Tests at an average of 13.95. By the end of this series in 1982-83, Khan had taken 88 wickets in 13 Test matches over a period of one year as captain.

This same Test series against India, however, also resulted in a stress fracture in his shin that kept him out of cricket for more than two years. An experimental treatment funded by the Pakistani government helped him recover by the end of 1984 and he made a successful comeback to international cricket in the latter part of the 1984-85 season.

In 1987, Khan led Pakistan to its first Test series win in India, which was followed by Pakistan's first series victory in England the same year. During the 1980s, his team also recorded three creditable draws against the West Indies. India and Pakistan co-hosted the 1987 World Cup, but neither ventured beyond the semi-finals. Khan retired from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. In 1988, he was asked to return to the captaincy by the President Of Pakistan, General Zia-Ul-Haq, and on January 18, he announced his decision to rejoin the team.

Soon after returning to the captaincy, Khan led Pakistan to another winning tour in the West Indies, which he has recounted as his proudest moment in cricket. He was declared Man of the Series against West Indies in 1988 when he took 23 wickets in 3 tests. He later recalled, "I was 35 and not very fit, we had quite a weak team and then I got 11 wickets in the first Test. That was the last time I really bowled well." As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, out of which 14 were won by Pakistan, 8 lost and the rest of 26 were drawn. He also played 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie.

World Cup victory

A graph showing Imran Khan's test career bowling statistics and how they have varied over time.Khan's career-high as a captain and cricketer came when he led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup. Playing with a brittle batting lineup, Khan promoted himself as a batsman to provide stability in the top order together with Javed Miandad, but his contribution as a bowler was minimal. In the final match, at the age of 39, Khan scored the highest runs of all the Pakistani batsmen and took the winning last wicket himself.

Controversy

In 1996, Khan successfully defended himself in a libel action brought forth by former English captain and all-rounder Ian Botham and batsman Allan Lamb over comments they alleged were made by Khan in two articles about ball-tampering and another article published in the Indian magazine, India Today. They claimed that, in the latter publication, Khan had called the two cricketers "racist, ill-educated and lacking in class." Khan protested that he had been misquoted, saying that he was defending himself after once admitting that he tampered with a ball in a county match 18 years ago.

In 1994, Khan had admitted that, during Test matches, he "occasionally scratched the side of the ball and lifted the seam." He had also added, "Only once did I use an object. When Sussex were playing Hampshire in 1981 the ball was not deviating at all. I got the 12th man to bring out a bottle top and it started to move around a lot." Khan won the libel case, which the judge labeled a "complete exercise in futility", with a 10-2 majority decision by the jury.

Charity worker

For more than four years after retiring from cricket in 1992, Khan focused his efforts solely on social work. By 1991, he had founded the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organization bearing the name of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum. As the Trust's maiden endeavor, Khan established Pakistan's first and only cancer hospital, constructed using donations and funds exceeding $25 million, raised by Khan from all over the world. Inspired by the memory of his mother, who died of cancer, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, a charitable cancer hospital with 75 percent free care, opened in Lahore on December 29, 1994. Khan currently serves as the chairman of the hospital and continues to raise funds with the help of celebrities such as Sushmita Sen, Elizabeth Hurley, and several members of the Indian cricket team. During the 1990s, Khan also served as UNICEF's Special Representative to support health and immunization programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Currently, Khan has been working on two major social projects. He is building another cancer hospital in Karachi, using his successful Lahore institution as a model. He is also helping establish a technical college in the Mianwali District, called Namal College, with the collaboration of University of Bradford in UK. The Namal College is being built by the Mianwali Development Trust (MDT), and was made an associate college of the University of Bradford in December 2005 when Imran Khan and the University's vice-chancellor, Professor Chris Taylor, signed a memorandum of understanding. While in London, Khan also works with the Lord’s Taverners, a cricket charity.

Political career

A few years after the end of his professional career as a cricketer, Khan entered electoral politics while admitting that he had never voted in an election before running for office himself. His political foray was influenced by Lieutenant General Hamid Gul, the former Pakistani intelligence chief. In 1996, Khan founded his own political party called the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) with a proposed slogan and vision of "Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem."

Five years later, in the legislative elections held on October 20, 2002, the party won 0.8% of the popular vote and one out of 272 open seats. The only member of PTI to be elected was Khan himself, who ran from the small constituency of Mianwali. As an MP, Khan was part of two National Assembly committees: Standing Committee on Kashmir and the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. His stated areas of legislative interest were Foreign Affairs, Education and Justice.

In June 2007, the federal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr. Sher Afghan Khan Niazi and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party filed separate ineligibility references against Khan, asking for his disqualification as member of the National Assembly on grounds of immorality. Both references, filed on the basis of articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, were rejected on September 5. The presiding judge declared, "As the detailed judgement is placed on record, the short order is in favor of the respondent."

On October 2, 2007, Khan joined 85 other MPs to resign from Parliament in protest of the Presidential election scheduled for October 6. The president of Pakistan is elected by members of the National Assembly, and many in this legislative branch, such as Khan, contended that General Musharraf's bid to seek re-election in the presidential poll while retaining the post of army chief was illegal and unconstitutional. He and his party also boycotted the elections of 18th february 2008 along with other democratic parties saying that they were unconstitutional. He was offered five seats in the national assembly by Nawaz Sharif but he refused and supported the reinstatement of the recently deposed judges.

Ideology

Khan's political platform and declarations are founded on: Islamic values, to which he rededicated himself in the 1990s; liberal economics, with the promise of deregulating the economy and creating a welfare state; decreased bureaucracy and anti-corruption laws, to create and ensure a clean government; the establishment of an independent judiciary; overhaul of the country's police system; and an anti-militant vision for a democratic Pakistan.

Khan has credited his decision to enter politics with a spiritual awakening, influenced by his conversations with a mystic from the Sufi sect of Islam that began in the last years of his cricket career. "I never drank or smoked, but I used to do my share of partying. In my spiritual evolution there was a block," he explained to the American Washington Post. As an MP, Khan sometimes voted with a bloc of hard-line religious parties such as the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, whose leader, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, he supported for prime minister over Musharraf's candidate in 2002.

Khan told Britain's Daily Telegraph, "I want Pakistan to be a welfare state and a genuine democracy with a rule of law and an independent judiciary." Other ideas he has presented include a requirement of all students to spend a year after graduation teaching in the countryside and cutting down the over-staffed bureaucracy in order to send them to teach too. "We need decentralisation, empowering people at the grass roots," he has said. In June 2007, Khan publicly deplored Britain for knighting Indian-born author Salman Rushdie. He said, "Western civilisation should have been mindful of the injury the writer had caused to the Muslim community by writing his highly controversial book, The Satanic Verses."

Criticism

Khan is dismissed within the establishment and the commentating class as a political lightweight. His critics say the crowds he draws are attracted by his cricketing celebrity, and the public has been reported to view him as a figure of entertainment rather than a serious political authority. His failure to gain broader political power or build a national support base is ascribed, by commentators and observers, to Khan's naivete and lack of political maturity.

Awards and honours

In 1992, Khan was honoured with Pakistan's most prestigious civil award, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz. Before that, he had received the President’s Pride of Performance Award in 1983. Khan is featured in the University of Oxford's Hall of Fame and has been an honorary fellow of Oxford's Keble College. In 1976 as well as 1980, Khan was awarded The Cricket Society Wetherall Award for being the leading all-rounder in English first-class cricket.

Khan has also been named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1983, Sussex Cricket Society Player of the Year in 1985, and the Indian Cricket Cricketer of the Year in 1990. On July 8, 2004, Khan was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Asian Jewel Awards in London, UK. He was recognized for continuing "to devote his time between Pakistan and his adopted Britain, acting as a figurehead for many international charities and working passionately and extensively in fund-raising activities.

On December 7, 2005, Khan was appointed the fifth Chancellor of the University of Bradford, where he is also a patron of the Born in Bradford research project. On December 13, 2007, Khan received the Humanitarian Award at the Asian Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur for his efforts in setting up the first cancer hospital in Pakistan.

Khan is placed at Number 8 on the all-time list of the ESPN Legends of Cricket.

Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram born on June 3, 1966 in Lahore, is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman, who represented the Pakistani cricket team in Tests and One Day Internationals. Widely regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers ever, Akram holds world records for the most wickets taken in both ODIs (502) and test cricket (881), and was one of the pioneers of reverse swing bowling. The revolutionary nature of reverse swing initially resulted in accusations of ball tampering, although reverse swing has now been accepted as a legitimate feature of the game. Akram's later career was also tarnished with accusations of match fixing, although these remain unproven.

 

Wasim Akram

 
Personal Information
Full Name Wasim Akram
Nick Name Sultan of Swing
Born 3 June 1966 (1966-06-03) (age 42) Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
International Information
Test debut (cap 102) 25 January 1985: v New Zealand
Last Test 9 January 2002: v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 53) 23 November 1984: v New Zealand
Last ODI March 2003: v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic Team Information
Years Team
2003 Hampshire
2000/01 Lahore Blues
1997/98 Lahore City
1992/93–2001/02 Pakistan International Airlines
1988–1998 Lancashire
1986/87 Lahore City
1985/86 Lahore City Whites
1984/85–1985/86 Pakistan Automobiles Corporation
Career Statistics
  Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 104 356 257 594
Runs scored 2898 3717 7161 6993
Batting average 22.64 16.52 22.73 18.90
100s/50s 3/7 0/6 7/24 0/17
Top score 257* 86 257* 89*
Balls bowled 22627 18186 50278 29719
Wickets 414 502 1042 881
Bowling average 23.62 23.52 21.64 21.91
5 wickets in innings 25 6 70 12
10 wickets in match 5 0 16 0
Best bowling 7/119 5/15 8/30 5/10
Catches/stumpings 44/0 88/0 97/0 147/0
As of 11 January 2008

Domestic career

Wasim signed for Lancashire in 1988 and went on to become one of their most successful overseas players. From 1988 to 1998, he spearheaded their attack in their NatWest Trophy, Benson & Hedges Cup and Sunday League winning sides. He was a favourite of the local fans who used to sing a song called "Wasim for England" at Lancashire's matches.

International career

Wasim made his Test debut for Pakistani cricket team against New Zealand in early 1985 and in only his second Test he made his presence felt with a ten-wicket haul. Like a few other Pakistani cricketers of his time, he was identified at club level and bypassed first-class domestic competition, entering international cricket directly. A few weeks prior to his selection into the Pakistani team, he was an unknown club cricketer who had failed to even make it to his college team. He was spotted by Javed Miandad, and as a result of his insisting was it that Wasim was given an opportunity to play for Pakistan. Later that season he paired with Imran, who became his mentor, at the World Championship of Cricket in Australia.

Wasim's rise in international cricket was rapid during the initial years. When Pakistan toured the West Indies in 1988, he looked to be the quickest bowler between the two sides. However, a serious groin injury impeded his career in the late 1980s. Following two surgeries, he re-emerged in 1990 as a bowler who focused more on swing and control than speed.

One-Day success

Wasim was instrumental in Pakistan's famous World Cup victory in 1992 in Australia. In the final against England his late flurry of an innings, 33 off 19 balls, pushed Pakistan to a respectable 249 for 6. Wasim then took the all-important wicket of Ian Botham early on, and when brought back into the attack later on, with the ball reverse swinging, he produced a devastating spell which led to Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis being clean-bowled in successive deliveries. His excellent performances earned him the Man of the Match award for the final.

He also captained Pakistan with some success. The high points of his captaincy were the 1996-97 victory in the World Series in Australia, two Test match wins in India in 1998-99 and in 1999, when Pakistan reached the World Cup final for the second time. The low point was the 1996 World Cup in Pakistan and India, when he had to pull out of the crucial quarter final match against India. After Pakistan's defeat, there were angry protests outside his homes, and a government inquiry was launched into the failure.

In 1999, he led Pakistan to the brink of victory in the World Cup before they rolled over and gave the final to Australia. This was the start of the match-fixing controversies, as people believed Wasim had set up the match for Australia. He was pardoned by Justice Qayyum.

He was Pakistan's top bowler in the 2003 World Cup taking 19 wickets in 7 matches. However, Pakistan failed to reach the "Super Six" phase of the tournament, and Wasim was one of the eight players to be sacked by the Pakistan Cricket Board as a result.

Wasim was diagnosed with diabetes at the peak of his career, but despite the initial psychological blow, he managed to regain his form and went on to produce fine cricketing displays. Since then he has actively sought to be involved in various awareness-raising campaigns for diabetes.

Playing style

An immensely talented player first discovered by Javed Miandad, Wasim played for his college (Govt. Islamia College Civil Lines, Lahore) as an opening bowler and batsman. Early on in his career, he bowled with genuine pace and hostility. Wasim possessed accurate control of line and length and seam position, and could swing the ball both in and out. With a very deceptive ball-concealing action, he could bowl equally well from both sides of the wicket. His mastery of reverse swing with the old ball meant he was at his most dangerous towards the end of an innings, and earned him the nickname Sultan of Swing.

As well as often being able to find the edge of the bat, Wasim would also focus his attack on the stumps and had a particularly lethal yorker. Of his 414 Test wickets, 193 were taken caught, 119 were taken LBW and 102 were bowled. In partnership with Waqar Younis, he intimidated international batsmen in the 1990s. Together Wasim and Waqar, known as "the two Ws" of the Pakistani team, were one of the most successful bowling partnerships ever.

Wasim was also skilled with the bat and was regarded as a bowling all-rounder. He was especially effective against spinners. However, he liked to slog and was criticised for his lack of big scores and giving away his wicket too cheaply for a player of his talent. He did silence his critics in October 1996 when he scored 257, not out, of the team's total of 553 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura. He also made good scores in difficult times for the Pakistan team such as his 123 against Australia and his 45 not-out to take Pakistan to victory in a low-scoring match. Pakistan, needing six runs in two balls two win the Nehru Cup saw Wasim come out to bat. The first ball he faced was hit out of the ground and secured the cup.

Records

Retirement

Wasim retired in 2003, after a brief spell with Hampshire in England. Since then, Wasim has taken up commentary and can currently be seen as a sportscaster for the ESPN Star network, and is also running shows on ARY Digital. He is married to Huma Mufti, daughter of Mr. Humayaun Mufti. Wasim and Huma have two sons from their marriage of fourteen years.

Jahangir Khan

Jahangir Khan, born on December 10, 1963, in Karachi, is a former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the game. During his career he won the World Open six times and the British Open a record ten times. Between 1981 and 1986, he was unbeaten in competitive play for five years. During that time he won 555 matches consecutively. This was not only the longest winning streak in squash history, but also one of the longest unbeaten runs by any athlete in top-level professional sports. He retired as a player in 1993, and has served as President of the World Squash Federation since 2002.

Playing career

Jahangir was coached initially by his father, Roshan Khan, the 1957 British Open champion, and then by his cousin Rehmat Khan, who guided Jahangir through most of his career. Ironically, during his earlier years, Jahangir was a sickly child and physically very weak. Though the doctors had advised him not to take part in any sort physical activity, after undergoing a couple of hernia operations his father let him play and try out their family game.

In 1979, the Pakistan selectors decided not to select Jahangir to play in the world championships in Australia, judging him too weak from a recent illness. So Jahangir decided instead to enter himself in the World Amateur Individual Championship and, at the age of 15, became the youngest-ever winner of that event.

In November 1979, Jahangir's older brother Torsam Khan, who had been one of the leading international squash players in the 1970s, died suddenly of a heart attack during a tournament match in Australia. Torsam's death affected Jahangir profoundly. He considered quitting the game, but decided to pursue a career in the sport as a tribute to his brother.

Five-year unbeaten run

In 1981, when he was 17, Jahangir became the youngest winner of the World Open, beating Australia's Geoff Hunt (the game's dominant player in the late-1970s) in the final. That tournament marked the start of an unbeaten run which lasted for five years and over 500 matches. The hallmark of his play was his incredible fitness and stamina, which Rehmat Khan helped him build-up through a punishing training and conditioning regime. Jahangir was quite simply the fittest player in the game, and would wear his opponents down through long rallies played at a furious pace.

In 1982, Jahangir astonished everyone by winning the International Squash Players Association Championship without losing a single point.

The unbeaten run finally came to end in the final of the World Open in 1986 in Toulouse, France, when Jahangir lost to New Zealand's Ross Norman. Norman had been in pursuit of Jahangir's unbeaten streak, being beaten time and time again. "One day Jahangir will be slightly off his game and I will get him," he vowed for five years.

Speaking about his unbeaten streak, Jahangir said: "It wasn't my plan to create such a record. All I did was put in the effort to win every match I played and it went on for weeks, months and years until my defeat to Ross Norman in Toulouse in 1986."

"The pressure began to mount as I kept winning every time and people were anxious to see if I could be beaten. In that World Open final, Ross got me. It was exactly five years and eight months. I was unbeaten for another nine months after that defeat."

Success in the hardball game

With his dominance over the international squash game in the first half of the 1980s secure, Jahangir decided to test his ability on the North American hardball squash circuit in 1983-1986. (Hardball squash is a North American variant of the game, played on smaller courts with a faster-moving ball.) Jahangir played in 13 top-level hardball tournaments during this period, winning 12 of them. He faced the leading American player on the circuit at the time, Mark Talbott, on 11 occasions (all in tournament finals), and won 10 of their encounters. With his domination of both the softball and hardball versions of the game, Jahangir truly cemented his reputation as the world's greatest squash player. His success in North America is considered by some observers to be among the factors which led to growing intertest in the international "softball" version of squash in the continent, and the demise of the hardball game in the late-1980s and 1990s.

Rivalry with Jansher Khan

At the end of 1986 another Pakistani squash player, Jansher Khan, appeared on the international scene to challenge Jahangir's domination. (Jansher is not known to be directly related to Jahangir, but their families originate from the same village in the Peshawar region of northern Pakistan, so they may be distantly related.) Jahangir won their first few encounters in late-1986 and early-1987. But Jansher scored his first win over Jahangir in September 1987, beating him in straight games in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. Jansher then went on to beat Jahangir in their next eight consecutive encounters and capture the 1987 World Open title.

Jahangir ended Jansher's winning streak in March 1988, and went on to win 11 of their next 15 encounters. The pair met in the 1988 World Open final, with Jahangir emerging the victor. But by that point it had become clear that squash now had two dominant players. The pair would continue to dominate the game for the rest of the decade. Jansher and Jahangir met total of 37 times in tournament play. Jansher won 19 matches (74 games and 1,426 points), and Jahangir 18 matches (79 games and 1,459 points). This record doesn't include exhibition matches and league matches between them.

Jahangir did not win the World Open again after 1988, but he continued a stranglehold over the British Open title which he captured a record ten successive times between 1982 and 1991.

World Open final appearances

Wins (6)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1981 Geoff Hunt 7-9, 9-1, 9-2, 9-2
1982 Dean Williams 9-2, 6-9, 9-1, 9-1
1983 Chris Dittmar 9-3, 9-6, 9-0
1984 Qamar Zaman 9-0, 9-3, 9-4
1985 Ross Norman 9-4, 4-9, 9-5, 9-1
1988 Jansher Khan 9-6, 9-2, 9-2
Runner-ups (3)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1986 Ross Norman 9-5, 9-7, 7-9, 9-1
1991 Rodney Martin 14-17, 15-9, 15-4, 15-13
1993 Jansher Khan 14-15, 15-9, 15-5, 15-5

British Open final appearances

Wins (10)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1982 Hiddy Jahan 9-2, 10-9, 9-3
1983 Gamal Awad 9-2, 9-5, 9-1
1984 Qamar Zaman 9-0, 9-3, 9-5
1985 Chris Dittmar 9-3, 9-2, 9-5
1986 Ross Norman 9-6, 9-4, 9-6
1987 Jansher Khan 9-6, 9-0, 9-5
1988 Rodney Martin 9-2, 9-10, 9-0, 9-1
1989 Rodney Martin 9-2, 3-9, 9-5, 0-9, 9-2
1990 Rodney Martin 9-6, 10-8, 9-1
1991 Jansher Khan 2-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-0
Runner-ups (1)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1981 Geoff Hunt 9-2, 9-7, 5-9, 9-7

Training Regime

In a documentary on himself telecasted on GEO Super, Jahangir revealed that he never had any fixed training regime particularly designed for him nor he had any specially formulated diet - he would eat anything hygienic but never miss two glasses of milk everyday.

For his training he would start his day with a 9 mile jog which he would complete in 60-120 minutes at a moderate pace, followed by short bursts of timed sprints. Later he would weight train in the gym finally cooling down in the pools. He would follow this routine 5 days a week. On the 6th day he would match practice and rest on the 7th day.

He also said that he has experienced running on every surface - from custom-built tracks to ashpalt roads, grass & farm fields to sea shores & knee-deep waters. Sometimes he would also visit the northern areas of Pakistan to train in high altitude fields under low oxygen conditions. All in all it made Jahangir one of the most physically and mentally fit athletes in the world.

In his book, In the Line of Fire: A Memoir the former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf states: "If Hollywood only knew his story of tragedy, grit and determination it would make another movie like Chariots of Fire. Many of those who know him consider him the best athlete who ever lived."

Awards, services & recognition

Jahangir retired as a player in 1993 after helping Pakistan win the World Team Championship in Karachi. The Government of Pakistan honored Jahangir with the awards of Pride of Performance and civil award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz for his achievements in squash. They also awarded him the title of Sportsman of the Millennium.

“ Hashim Khan, Jahangir Khan, and Jansher Khan are the best squash players the world has ever known, with Jahangir the best of the three. If Hollywood only knew his story of tragedy, grit and determination it would make another movie like Chariots of Fire. Many of those who know him consider him the best athlete who ever lived. ”

— Former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on Jahangir's achievements.

In 1990, Jahangir was elected Chairman of the Professional Squash Association, and in 1997, Vice-President of the Pakistan Squash Federation. He was elected as Vice-President of the World Squash Federation in November 1998, and in October 2002 was elected WSF President. In 2004, he was again unanimously re-elected as President of the World Squash Federation at the International Federation's 33rd Annual General Meeting in Casa Noyale, Mauritius.

Jahangir is listed in Guinness Book of World Records as having the most world championship squash titles.

Time Magazine has named Jahangir as one of Asia's Heroes in the last 60 years.

Jahangir Khan was conferred with a Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy by London Metropolitan University for his contributions to the sport.

Due to his immense and absolute dominance in squash he was nicknamed "The Conqueror" (a loose translation of his first name)

Jansher Khan

Jansher Khan born on 15 June 1969, in Peshawar, is a former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest squash players of all time. During his career he won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times.

Jansher came from a family of outstanding squash players. His brother Mohibullah Khan was one of the world's leading professional squash players in the 1970s. Another older brother, Atlas Khan, was a highly-rated amateur competitor.

Jansher won the World Junior Squash Championship title in 1986. He also turned professional that year. At the time, the men's professional tour was dominated by another Pakistani player – Jahangir Khan. (Jansher is not known to be directly related to Jahangir, but their families originate from the same village in the Peshawar region of northern Pakistan, so they may be distantly related). At the World Open in 1986, Ross Norman finally ended an unbeaten run by Jahangir in tournament play which had lasted a staggering five and a half years. But from 1987 onwards, Jahangir would no longer be able to tower over the game in the way he did during the first half of the decade, as Jansher quickly turned men's squash into a sport which now had two powerful dominant players. Jahangir won the pair's first few encounters in late-1986 and early-1987. Jansher then scored his first win over Jahangir in September 1987, beating him in straight games in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. Jansher then went on to beat Jahangir in their next eight consecutive encounters. This included a win in the semi-finals of the 1987 World Open, following which Jansher claimed his first World Open title by beating Australia's Chris Dittmar in the final.

Jahangir came back strongly in 1988. In March that year he claimed his first win over Jansher since the previous September, and then went on to win 11 of their next 15 encounters, including a win in the 1988 World Open final.

The Jansher-Jahangir rivalry would dominate squash in the late-1980s through to the early-1990s. The pair met total of 37 times in tournament play. Jansher won 19 matches (74 games and 1,426 points), and Jahangir 18 matches (79 games and 1,459 points). This record doesn't include exhibition matches and league matches between them.

With Jahangir reaching the twilight of his career and then retiring, Jansher came to establish himself as the sole dominant player in the game in the mid-1990s. He won a record total of eight World Open titles, the last being in 1996. He chose not to defend his World Open title in 1997 because the event was held in Malaysia, and he had a pending court order in Malaysia relating to maintenance payments for his son, Kamran Khan, following his separation from his Malaysian wife. Jahangir maintained a stranglehold on the British Open up to 1991 (he won the championship 10 consecutive times), but when he finally relinquished the title it was Jansher who claimed it for the next six successive years.

Jansher officially announced his retirement from squash in 2001. He won a total of 99 professional titles and was ranked the World No. 1 for over six years.

In July 2006, Jansher was in the international headlines again when he was arrested in Pakistan for allegedly forcefully occupying a house over an ownership dispute, and harassing a woman and her family and threatening them with an illegal firearm.[1][2]

In August 2007, Jansher he announced that he is coming out of retirement to play in a Professional Squash Association tournament in London in October 2007. He said in a news conference that the reason for his comeback is that "I feel I am mentally and physically fit to play the international circuit for another three to four years".[3] He lost in the opening round of the event to England's Scott Handley 11-9, 6-11, 6-11 0-11.[4] After the tournament in London, Jansher was involved in a controversial incident when he was caught by customs officers at Islamabad Airport attempting to illegally bring 19 bottles of liquor into Pakistan on his return from the event.[5]

World Open final appearances

Wins (8)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1987 Chris Dittmar 9-5, 9-4, 4-9, 9-6
1989 Chris Dittmar 7-15, 6-15, 15-4, 15-11, 15-10
1990 Chris Dittmar 15-8, 17-15, 13-15, 15-5
1992 Chris Dittmar 15-11, 15-9, 10-15, 15-6
1993 Jahangir Khan 14-15, 15-9, 15-5, 15-5
1994 Peter Marshall 10-15, 15-11, 15-8, 15-4
1995 Del Harris 15-10, 17-14, 16-17, 15-8
1996 Rodney Eyles 15-13, 17-15, 11-15, 15-3
Runner-ups (1)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1988 Jahangir Khan 9-6, 9-2, 9-2

British Open final appearances

Wins (6)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1992 Chris Robertson 9-7, 10-9, 9-5
1993 Chris Dittmar 9-6, 9-5, 6-9, 9-2
1994 Brett Martin 9-1, 9-0, 9-10, 9-1
1995 Peter Marshall 15-4, 15-4, 15-5
1996 Rodney Eyles 15-13, 15-8, 15-10
1997 Peter Nicol 17-15, 9-15, 15-12, 8-15, 15-8
Runner-ups (3)
Year Opponent in final Score in final
1987 Jahangir Khan 9-6, 9-0, 9-5
1991 Jahangir Khan 2-9, 9-4, 9-4, 9-0
1998 Peter Nicol 17-16, 15-4, 15-5

Mohammed Yousuf

Mohammed Yousuf (born in 1952) is an internationally notable Pakistani amateur snooker player and one of the most successful players to come from Pakistan. In 1994, at the IBSF World Snooker Championship, he defeated Iceland’s Johannes R. Johannesson 11-9 to become the IBSF World Snooker Champion. In 2006, he beat Glen Wilkinson of Australia in Amman 5-4 to win the IBSF World Masters Championship.

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