Pakistan Cricket Board Inducts Abdul Hafeez Kardar And Younis Khan Into The PCB Hall Of Fame

Published - 16 Oct 2022, 06:59 PM

Younis Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Sunday announced the induction of the national team’s first Test captain, Abdul Hafeez Kardar and the country’s most successful Test batsman and 2009 T20 World Cup-winning captain, Younis Khan, into the PCB Hall of Fame.

The two iconic figures of Pakistan cricket have joined the elite team along with Abdul Qadir, Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Zaheer Abbas.

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“The PCB Hall of Fame is designed to acknowledge, recognise and cherish the sacrifices, contributions and achievements of the role models in our sport and it is befitting that in our diamond jubilee celebrations, we induct two stalwarts from two completely different generations and eras of our proud cricket history,” said Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman, in an official statement.

PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. Image Credits: Twitter

“AH Kardar gave us a cricket dream, vision and mission in our formation years, and Younis Khan was one of the players who gave his absolute best in fulfilling those expectations through exemplary hard work, deep commitment and untiring performances against all opposition and across all formats.”

“The two gentlemen will always remain shining stars of Pakistan cricket and idols for the future generations”

Abdul Hafeez Kardar
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Kardar led Pakistan in all 23 Tests from 1952 to 1958. He scored 927 runs and took 21 wickets in 26 Tests, and he also served as Chairman of Pakistan’s Board of Control for Cricket from 1972 to 1977. Before representing Pakistan, Kardar represented India in three Tests during the 1946 tour of England. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won their first Test series against all Test-playing nations at the time, including India (Lucknow, 1952), England (The Oval, 1954), and the West Indies (Trinidad, 1958).

Former Pakistan batter, Younis Khan was inducted as soon as he became eligible as the PCB Hall of Fame criteria required a player to have played his last international match at least five years earlier. He averaged 52.05 and scored 34 test centuries, the most for Pakistan and the sixth most test centuries in the world, including six double centuries and a career-best 313 in February 2009.

Younis Khan
Younis Khan. Image: Kieran Galvin/Rex/Shutterstock

Younis played in four Cricket World Cups and captained Pakistan in 38 international matches, winning 14 of them. He scored 442 runs at a strike rate of 121.42 in 25 T20Is and he is best known for leading Pakistan to their first world title in 17 years at the T20 World Cup in 2009 at Lord’s.

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