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Majid Khan (cricketer)

For the Guantanamo Bay detainee, see Majid Khan (detainee).
Majid Khan
ماجدخان
Personal information
Full name Majid Jahangir Khan
Born (1946-09-28) 28 September 1946
Ludhiana, Punjab, British India (now India)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Right-arm off break
Relations Jahangir Khan (father)
Asad Jahangir Khan (brother)
Javed Burki (cousin)
Imran Khan (cousin)
Bazid Khan (son)
Ahmed Raza (uncle)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 44) 24 October 1964 v Australia
Last Test 23 January 1983 v India
ODI debut (cap 4) 11 February 1973 v New Zealand
Last ODI 19 July 1982 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 63 23 410 168
Runs scored 3931 786 27,444 4,441
Batting average 38.92 37.42 43.01 28.28
100s/50s 8/19 1/7 73/128 2/31
Top score 167 109 241 115
Balls bowled 3584 658 7,168 2,817
Wickets 27 13 223 71
Bowling average 53.92 28.76 32.14 22.67
5 wickets in innings 4 1
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/45 3/27 6/67 5/24
Catches/stumpings 70/- 3/- 410/- 43/-
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 4 February 2006

Majid Jahangir Khan (Urdu: ماجد جہانگیر خان‎) is a former cricketer, a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and one of the most fearless opening batsman produced by Pakistan. Khan's first-class career spanned from 1961 to 1985. He played 63 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 3,931 runs and made 8 centuries, scored over 27,000 first-class runs and made 73 first-class centuries, with 128 fifties.[1] Majid played his last test for Pakistan in January 1983 against India at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore[2] and his last One Day International (ODI) was in July 1982 against England at Old Trafford, Manchester.[3]

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • International career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Born on 28 September 1946 in Cambridge University in Britain, for Queensland in Australia, and in Pakistan for Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi and the province of Punjab.

Majid's father, Dr. Jahangir Khan, famously killed a bird in flight while bowling during an MCC vs. Cambridge University match in 1936.[5][6] This bird is now part of the permanent MCC museum exhibit at Lord's Cricket ground.[7] Dr. Jahangir Khan was the Chief Selector of then Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan (BCCP) when Majid Khan was close to national selection. Dr. Jahangir Khan resigned from his post to maintain the impartiality of the Cricket Board during selection.

International career

Majid's Test career started in 1964 against Australia at National Stadium, Karachi.[8] Khan is one of only four batsmen (the other three are Trumper, Macartney and Bradman) to have scored a century before lunch in a test match, scoring 108 not-out off 112 balls against New Zealand in Karachi during the 1976–77 test series.[9][10] Khan made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 1973 at Lancaster Park, New Zealand.[11] He also holds the unique honour of scoring the first one-day century for Pakistan, in an ODI against England at Trent Bridge on 31 August 1974.[12][13][14] Khan scored 109 from 93 balls with 16 fours and a six.[12][13]

Majid had played for Lahore since 1961/62 and had made his Test debut against Australia in 1964/65 and toured England and Wales with the 1967 Pakistanis. During a match with Glamorgan, Majid blasted a rapid 147 in 89 minutes, hitting Headleys, to have three consecutive generations of Test cricketers.[20][22]

Initially, Majid Khan continued to boost Pakistan's middle order, until he was promoted to fill the opener's slot with Sadiq Mohammad in 1974.[23][24] He was the first century scorer for Pakistan in One Day International Cricket, scoring 108 runs against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the same season.[12][13] Majid Khan was also a specialist slip fielder and made most catches look easy. Khan was also well known as a "walker", maintaining the standards of the game in an era when professionalism was straining at the game's traditional etiquette.

The 1976–77 tour of West Indies was the most remarkable period for Majid Khan, where he scored 530 test runs against one of the most powerful bowling attacks in the history of the game. His best innings was perhaps the 167 in Pakistan's second innings at Georgetown that saved Pakistan from likely defeat. Pakistan lost that series 2–1.[25]

After retirement from International Cricket, Khan became an administrator with the Pakistan Cricket Board, becoming the CEO of the board in mid-1990s.[22] He now lives in Islamabad.

References

  1. ^ Majid Khan,  
  2. ^ India in Pakistan Test Series – 5th Test,  
  3. ^ Prudential Trophy – 2nd ODI,  
  4. ^ Omar Noman, Pride and Passion: An Exhilarating Half Century of Cricket in Pakistan, OUP, Karachi, 1998, p. 120.
  5. ^ BBC SPORT / Funny Old Game / An uneven contest,  
  6. ^ Five weird London museum exhibits, GreatWen, retrieved 19 April 2012 
  7. ^ Wisden Almanack – 1937,  
  8. ^ Australia in Pakistan Test Match,  
  9. ^ Records / Test matches / Batting records / Hundred runs before lunch,  
  10. ^ New Zealand in Pakistan Test Series – 3rd Test,  
  11. ^ Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Match,  
  12. ^ a b c Prudential Trophy – 1st ODI,  
  13. ^ a b c England v Pakistan – Prudential Trophy 1974 (1st ODI),  
  14. ^ Who made the 1st century for Pakistan?, ItsOnlyCricket, 27 December 2010, retrieved 19 April 2012 
  15. ^ Brief profile of Majid Khan,  
  16. ^ Wisden – Majid Khan – CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 1970,  
  17. ^ My Favourite Cricketer – The eternal idol,  
  18. ^ Imran Khan,  
  19. ^ Javed Burki,  
  20. ^ a b Bazid keeps it in the family,  
  21. ^ Bazid Khan,  
  22. ^ a b Profile: Majid Khan, Lords, retrieved 19 April 2012 
  23. ^ 'Self-belief was my best attribute',  
  24. ^ Records / Test matches / Partnership records / Highest overall partnership runs by openers,  
  25. ^ Pakistan tour of West Indies, 1976/77 / Scorecard – Pakistan in West Indies Test Series – 3rd Test,  

External links

Preceded by
Asif Iqbal
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1975
Succeeded by
Asif Iqbal
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