Transitions: Former chief selector Haseeb Ahsan dies

Published: March 8, 2013
Haseeb was born in July 15, 1939, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province.

Haseeb was born in July 15, 1939, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province.

KARACHI: Former Pakistan off-spinner and selector Haseeb Ahsan, credited with picking legend Wasim Akram in 1984, died on Friday after prolonged illness, a family friend said.

He was 73.

Ahsan was regarded as one of the most straight-forward cricket administrators, and headed Pakistan’s World Cup 1987 organising committee and served as a national team manager.

Karachi City Cricket Association president Sirajul Islam Bukhari confirmed Ahsan died early Friday in the city.

“Ahsan fought illness with courage,” said Bukhari of Ahsan who was on dialysis for the last two years. “He served the game well and was particularly supportive of cricket in Karachi.”

Ahsan played 12 Tests between 1958-62 and was a member of the Pakistan team on its first tour to the West Indies in 1858. He made his debut at Bridgetown where his old friend Hanif Mohammad scored 337 – still Pakistan’s highest Test score.

Former Pakistan captain and legendary paceman Wasim Akram said it was Ahsan who selected him for the first time in 1984.

“As the chief selector, Ahsan convinced everyone of my talent and selected me against New Zealand,” Wasim told AFP. “He was very close to me and as a powerful selector he spotted young talent and threw them in the bigger battles.

“I have lost a very close supporter and it’s a great loss for Pakistan cricket,” said Wasim.

Ahsan scored 61 runs and picked 27 wickets in his brief career, hit by bowling action controversy.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Raza Khan
    Mar 8, 2013 - 1:54PM

    May God rest his soul! I remember seeing him in Shaheen Commercial Complex while he was working for American Express Travel Related Services in 80s. Truly a gentleman! Very few left like him in Pakistan.


  • Adnan
    Mar 8, 2013 - 2:02PM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon… Pakistan cricket has lost a sincere administrator of the game.


  • Hassan
    Mar 8, 2013 - 3:58PM

    A great man…always a pleasure to spend time with and will be sorely missed. May Allah forgive him and grant him Jannah.


  • Gultasib Khan
    Mar 8, 2013 - 8:42PM

    A truly GREAT honest and respected by so many Kashmiri and Pakistani communities
    in UK
    may ALLAH Suban Tallah grant him paradise.



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