Awards

 

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S.No.

Name

Year

Award


1

Mr. Imran Khan

1992

Hilal-i-Imtiaz

2

Mr. Javed Miandad

1992

Sitara-i-Imtiaz

3

Mr.Inzamam-ul-Haq

2005

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4

Mr. Muhammad Yousaf
2011
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5

Mr. Abdul Hafiz Kardar

1958

Pride of Performance

6

Mr.Fazal Mahmood

1958

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7

Mr. Hanif Muhammad

1959

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8

Mr. Saeed Ahmed

1962

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9

Mr. Mushtaq Muhammad

1963

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10

Mr. Imtiaz Ahmed

1966

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11

Mr. Asif Iqbal

1968

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12

Mr. Zaheer Abbas

1971

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13

Mr. Imran Khan

1983

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14

Mr. Javed Miandad

1986

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15

Mr. Zaheer Abbas

1986

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16

Mr. Abdul Qadir

1988

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17

Mr. Intikhab Alam

1988

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18

Mr. Mudassar Nazar

1989

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19

Mr. Wasim Akram

1992

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20

Mr. Waqar Younis

1995

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21

Mr. Saeed Anwar

1997

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22

Mr. Muhammad Younas Khan

2009

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23

Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi

2009

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24

Mr. Aleem Dan

2010

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25

Mr.Imtiaz Ahmed

1960

Tamgha-i-Imtiaz

 

Mr. Imran Khan

Mr. Imran Khan  was arguably Pakistan cricket's greatest. Determined, aggressive and astute, Imran captained Pakistan to their only World Cup trophy in 1992.

Such was the hero worship of Imran that in the late 80s and early 90s that every child interested in cricket would have 'Imran' on his lips. Two such youngsters who later went on to become greats on their own were Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who under Imran's tutelage became polished professionals.

As the name of one of his autobiographies would suggest, Imran was an all-rounder who worked hours on his craft diligently. He was one of the few Pakistani to play in Kerry Packer's World Series. Under his guidance, a team of talented individuals became world beaters. Fittingly, Imran ended his career by taking a wicket of his last ball - a wicket that meant Pakistan became world-champions. Imran was ranked as Number 8 on ESPN's legends of cricket.

Imran hung up his boots in 1992 to devote his life to building a cancer hospital in Lahore in the memory of his mother. He later opted for a career in politics which he continues to pursue to this day.

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Mr. Javed Miandad

Perhaps Pakistan cricket's greatest batsman, Javed Miandad was the national team's Mr Reliable from the mid 1970s. He is the only player to date to have taken part in 6 World Cups.

Miandad may be best remembered for his match winning six off the last ball of the 1986. Australasia Cup. Besides that particular breathtaking performance, Miandad has played several other match-winning knocks, two of the more special ones are his innings at the semi-final and final of the 1992 World Cup. All in all, he amassed over 8000 Test runs and 6000 ODI runs.

Miandad was a gutsy cricketer with an intelligent cricket brain. He would never throw his wicket away and would always be part of the decision making process. A true warrior, Miandad was also noted for his sly ' walking ' between the wickets.

Miandad has also served as Captain of Pakistan. He has also had two stints as coach of the National Team.

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Mr. Inzamam-ul-Haq

Many years ago, that discerning spotter of cricket talent, Imran Khan, predicted that an upcoming Pakistani youngster held out promise for becoming the best batsman in the world one day. Inzamam-ul-Haq fulfilled the prophecy in short order, with two explosive innings in the semi-final and final of the 1992 World Cup, resulting in Pakistan 's memorable triumph in Melbourne.

And after a decade of batting it out with the best in the world, burly Inzy has continued to live up to his early promise, by taking the slot of the world's top batsman in the latest cricket ratings. What is more, his status of a maestro ranked along with contemporary batting geniuses such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Steve Waugh is now beyond any dispute.

Since his debut against Sri Lanka at home in one-dayers in 1991 and against England at Birmingham in 1992, the 'big man', as foreign cricket commentators are fond of calling him, has chalked up an impressive record in both versions of the game. Although its impossible to illustrate, in cold print, his complete mastery of the bowling when in full flow, or the brute force and the sheer savagery of his assault, it is a fair reflection of his overall consistency, despite the odd bad patch, layoffs due to injury, and his bane, the running between wickets. In 89 Tests so far, he has already scored 6523 runs (18 hundreds, 33 fifties, with a highest of 329) at an enviable average of 49.41. His ODI performance in 302 matches has produced an awesome 9356 runs (8 hundreds, 67 fifties, with a top score of 137 not out) at an average of 38.98. No doubt, this is something for any cricket statistician to crow over.

But, of late, one has to concede that Inzamam has become the most dependable of Pakistani batsmen. Commencing with his appointment as vice-captain in 1999, he has virtually been Mr. Consistency, and in the year 2000 he made 1000 plus runs in both versions of the game: -

- In 12 Tests, 1090 runs, 4 hundreds, 6 fifties, average 60.56
- In 34 One-day Internationals, 1074 runs, 1 hundred, 9 fifties, average 42.96

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Mr. Fazal Mahmood

If there was ever a first hero in Pakistan's cricketing history, then Fazal Mahmood may arguably be the number one contender for that title. With looks that would make any movie star proud, Fazal was brilliant with the ball as well as exceptional medium-pacer who could move the bowl off the pitch in both directions.

Fazal played a monumental contribution in helping Pakistan achieve their first victory in England at the Oval Test in 1954 (with figures of 12-99) for which eh is best remembered. He also had a significant hand in his team's first victory against Australia in the Karachi Test in 1955 (with figures of 13-114). 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 greats.

Fazal was the first Pakistani to become Wisden Cricket of the Year in 1955. He released an autobiography by the name of 'From Dusk to Dawn' in 2003.

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Mr. Hanif Muhammad

Nicknamed "the Little Master", Hanif Muhammad holds the record for a Pakistani player's highest score in international and domestic first-class cricket.

His innings of 337 runs against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 remains a Pakistani record to this date. His magnificent knock of 499 the following year survived as a record for many years till Brian Lara eclipsed it by two runs in 1994. Unfortunately for Hanif, he ran himself out while trying to make that elusive 500th run.

Hanif's 12 centuries and 15 half-centuries indicate that he had the mindset to convert the big scores into really big scores. He had an impregnable defense and the adeptness to attack whenever he wished. His magnificent batting earned him an average of over 43, frame, capacity and a respect that only true greats possess.

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Mr. Asif Iqbal

Born in 1943 at Hyderabad (Deccan).

An exciting stroke-playing right-handed batsman, graceful attacking and very quick on his feet, he is also a useful second-line seamer and brilliant fielder. Led Pakistan in 1975, 1979 World Cups and to India in 1979-80. A smiling figure, there is charm in every action he makes. 

Asif was brought up in Hyderabad (Deccan), played for them in the Panji Trophy from 1959 - 1961 when migrated to Pakistan. On his Test debut for Pakistan against Australia at Karachi in 1964-65, he went in number ten, scoring 41 and 36 and opened the bowling with Majid Khan. In England in 1967 he showed his class as a leading batsman when making 76 at number nine and sharing a stand of 130 with Hanif Mohammad and then at the Oval when Pakistan were 65 for 8 in their second inning and still 159 behind England, shared Intikhab Alam for the ninth wicket. He himself scored 146 not out in which included 2 sixes and 21 fours. Earlier in the same innings he had taken 3-66 in 42 overs. In 1968, he joined Kent and scored consistently. In England in 1971 playing for Pakistan scored 104 not out. He made two more Test centuries in 1972-73 seasons, 175 against New Zealand at Dunedin and 102 against England at Lahore. His beast season was 1976-77 when in three different series he had 4 centuries. In Australia he made 313 runs in three Tests (average 78.75) including 152 not out at Adelaide and 120 in the 3 rd Test at Sydney when Pakistan defeated Australia for the first time in Australia. In 1978-79 scored 104 at Napier against New Zealand and 134 not out in a total of 285 at Perth.

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Mr. Zaheer Abbas

Zaheer Abbas, or the Asian Bradman as he is also known, was renowned for scoring big hundreds. Zaheer was merciless on any kind of bowling and on his day he could arguably as good to watch as any other to have graced the same.

Wearing spectacles which made him stand out from the crowd, Zaheer was smooth and mellifluous in his stroke play. Powered wrists and timing of instantaneous precision meant that eh would pack a punch when his bat met red leather. Zaheer's trademark high backlift and graceful footwork can be easily compared to the elegance of a ballet-dance.

Zaheer is the only Asian to have made a hundred hundreds in first class cricket to date. He made a century in both innings of a match a record eight times. He was the first Pakistani batsman to have scored over 4000 Test runs. He was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1971.

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Mr. Abdul Qadir

Mr. Abdul Qadir a richly gifted, right arm leg spin bowler was born in 1956 at Lahore. He made his first class debut in 1975-76. In his very first class match he showed his quality and power by taking 6 wickets and scoring a century.

He made his test debut in 1977 against England. He is the highest wicket taker in the World as a slow bowler among present lot. In one day International matches he has the best strike rate and taken five wickets on two occasions in the limited over matches which is a unique honour. His best bowling analysis in Test matches is 9 -56 against England in 1987-88 at Lahore.

Mr. Abdul Qadir has developed into a very fine legs spinner after Late Amir Elahi. With his present performance he is 1ikely to equal/break many other International records. He is the second highest, wicket taker in the country with a haul of over 200 wickets in Test Cricket.    

Abdul Qadir set a new Pakistan record for most wickets in a three test series by taking 30 wickets in Pakistan - England 1987-88 series.

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Mr. Intikhab Alam

Born in 1941 at Hoshiarpur  (India).

A universally popular character, Intikhab Alam popularly known as "Inti" was a high-class leg-spin and googly bowler and exceptionally hard hitting right hand batsman in the middle order. His first class debut for Karachi was in 1957-58 at the age of 16 years 9 months and apart from his wide experience with Surrey, where he was capped in his first year in 1969, he also played as a professional for West of Scotland. Captained Pakistan in seventeen Test matches and with notable success in England in 1974 when Pakistan Team not only held their own in there drawn Tests but went through the seventeen matches of the tour without defeat, the only side to have achieved this since Sir Brahman's of 1948. He had also been Captain on the 1971 tour to England and he went on two earlier tours to England in 1962 and 67, Sir Lanka 1964, Australia, New Zeland 1964-65 and 1972 -73 and Australia West Indies 1976-77. Was Vice Captain of the Rest of World XI to Australia in 1971 -72 .His long Test carrier began auspiciously when he bowled redoubtable Colin  McDonald of Australia with his first ball. .Against New Zealand at Karachi in 1964-65 he took 7 wickets and won the match for Pakistan. He shared the ninth wick/et stand of 190 with Asif Iqbal at the Oval in 1967. As Captain against New Zealand in 1969-70 took 10 for 182 in the third Test match at Dacca. He led Pakistan to their first win in an overseas rubber. In New Zealand in Dunedin Test he took 7 for 52 and Auckland 6 for 127. Against NCC at Hyderabad scored 138 including 4 sixes and also took 7 wickets. Has played in 47 Test matches scoring 1493 runs and took 125 wickets.

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Mr. Mudassar Nazar

Mudassar Nazar is a world Class Open Batsman made his Test debut in 1976-77 Vs. Australia at Adelaide. He holds the World Record of slowest ever century in all Test and First Class Cricket (in 557 minutes, Vs. England at Lahore in 1977-78). He also holds the World Record for the highest partnership for any wicket (451) with Javed Miandad. Ever since his Test debut he has performed extremely well for Pakistan. On the tour of England in 1982 his excellent bowling earned him the name of "Man with Golden Arm". Against India he created a record for Pakistan by making the most runs in a series (724).

He created a record by making four centuries in the series and emulated his father in carrying his bat through and innings, the only such instance in world cricket history. He has been appointed Vice-Captain of the Pakistan team in 1985.

Who can forget his performance against West Indies in the World Championship of Cricket held in Australia two years ago where he single handedly destroyed the black superpower by taking 5-28. In last year's Challenge Cup at Perth he again proved too good for the Caribbean side by taking 3-36 and brought yet another scintillating victory over West Indies. Indeed he is a very fine bowler as his performance show.

With the popularity of one day Cricket increasing Mudassar became an integral part of the team. What really made him more effective was his gentle medium pace bowling.

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Mr. Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram is one of the few players to have achieved everything there was to achieve as a cricket player --- numerous championships. a World Cup medal topped off with a man-of-the match in the final, hat-tricks, a double-hundred and much more.

At his prime, Wasim Akram had the potential to destroy the opposition with both bat and ball. His hefty strikes of the ball made him an envious opponent during the death overs of a one-day game. In scoring a mammoth 257 against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura in 1998, he also showed that he had the temperament and the skill to play a long and patient innings.

Now retired from the game but still closely affiliated with it in his capacity as a commentator, Wasim Akram was perhaps the best left-arm bowler the world has every seen 916 international wickets (with over 500 in ODIs) in a career that spanned almost 20 years are a testament to his this fact. Running in from a short run-up in his later years, he still had the pace to defeat batsmen by virtue of a brisk delivery action. His ability to bowl yorkers at will made him the ideal choice for the final overs of a one-day game.

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Mr. Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis, the king of swing, dominated opposition batsmen during the 1990s. His bustling run-up, frightening speed of delivery and inswinging yorkers earned him the nickname of 'Burewala Express' (name after his hometown). Such was the destruction of his bowling that batsmen used to wear toe protectors when facing him to avoid breaking their toes.

Waqar had real speed which earned him the best strike rate of any bowler over 200 wickets. Waqar formed a lethal partnership with Wasim Akram. He also captained Pakistan during the 2003 World Cup after which he retired from international cricket.

Waqar is currently bowling coach of the Pakistan team.

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Mr. Saeed Anwar

Swashbucking , elegant and entertaining --- these are some of the words, one could use to describe Saeed Anwar at his prime. Saeed was a prolific run scorer for Pakistan during the 90s and early years of the new millennium. He would dazzle the crowd with his breathtaking strokeplay and formed a formidable opening partnership with Aamer Sohail for many years.

Saeed Anwar briefly held the reocrd for the most number of centuries in ODIs. While on the subject of records, it is pertinent to mention that Saeed holds the record of having the highest score in an ODI --- 194 against India in 1997 in Chennai.

Saeed turned to devote most of his time to religion after his daughter's death in 2001. Not many players leave the cricketing arena at their peak, but Saeed was one such player. Not only did he score a century in his last Test innings against Bangladesh in 2001, but in his sceond-last ODI innings, he produced an exquisite century against his most favourite opponent (India) in the 2003 World Cup.

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