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Zaheer Abbas (Photo by Mark Rannackels-ICC / ICC via Getty Image)
Karachi: One of the most beautiful batsmen of his time, Zaheer Abbas He is expected to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, prompting a generation of talented cricketers to play for Pakistan.
Joined as ‘Asian Bradman’, former Pakistan captain Abbas was included ICC Hall of Fame With South African veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar.
“I am eager to get this honor, but more than that, it is an honor for my country and I just want to see that it inspires the talented batsmen of the generation,” Abbas said.
The 73-year-old has been selected by a jury made up of current ICC Hall of Famers and prominent journalists.
The ICC Hall of Fame consists of 27 Australia cricketers, 28 England players, six India cricketers, three from New Zealand, four from South Africa, one Sri Lankan and 18 from the West Indies.
Abbas, who was also the honorary president of the ICC, is the sixth Pakistani cricketer to enter the hall of fame. Hanif Mohammed, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) commended its former captain along with board chairman Ehsan Mani.
“It is a matter of great honor and pride for Pakistan that Zaheer Abbas’s illustrious career achievements have been acknowledged by the governing body of the sport.
“I take great pleasure to congratulate Jade on behalf of millions of Pakistan cricket fans around the world for this recognition,” Mantri said.
Abbas played 78 Tests and 62 ODIs for Pakistan, scoring 5062 and 2572 runs respectively. He averaged over 40 in both formats.
He is the only player from Asia to have scored at least 100 first-class centuries and is the first to score three consecutive ODI centuries.
“It is fitting that Zaheer be included in the elite group in the 15th Test against England at the Oval, just 46 years after his illustrious 240, his second double century since 274 in his 27th Test at Edgbaston in 1971. Mani said.
He said that he would score an unbeaten 235 and 215 against India (1978 and 1982) and each innings was a treat to watch and match the other.
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