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Shakoor Ahmed

Shakoor Ahmed
Personal information
Full name
Shakoor Ahmed Qureshi
Born(1928-09-15)15 September 1928
Kampala, Uganda
BattingRight-handed
RoleWicketkeeper-batsman
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1947-48 to 1951-52Punjab University
1951-52 to 1957-58Punjab
1958-59Multan
1959-60 to 1967-68Lahore
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 55
Runs scored 3130
Batting average 37.26
100s/50s 8/14
Top score 280
Balls bowled 12
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 56/17
Source: Cricket Archive, 17 December 2014

Shakoor Ahmed Qureshi (born 15 September 1928) was a Pakistani cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1948 to 1968. He toured England in 1954 with the Pakistan team but did not play Test cricket.

A batsman who often opened, and also usually kept wicket, Shakoor Ahmed made his first-class debut in 1947-48 in the second first-class match to be played in the newly independent Pakistan, keeping wicket for Punjab University in the first of what became a regular fixture against the Punjab Governor's XI. He captained Punjab University in these matches in 1950-51 and 1951-52. He also played for Pakistan Universities in a two-day match against the touring MCC in 1951-52, scoring 104 not out in the second innings.

In his first match in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the semi-final of the inaugural 1953-54 competition, he scored his first century, 102 for Punjab against Railways.[1] He was chosen as the reserve wicket-keeper for the 1954 tour of England,[2] but scored only 154 runs at an average of 14.00 in nine first-class matches. The wicketkeeper-batsman Imtiaz Ahmed played all four Tests.[3] In the 1954-55 season Shakoor Ahmed scored two centuries, including 116 not out in 38 overs against North-West Frontier Province.[4]

Ahmed also played cricket in his native Uganda and Kenya. In 1956-57 when a Kenya Asians team toured South Africa to play against non-white teams, he scored centuries in two of the three matches against the South African Non-Europeans XI.[5] When Punjab won the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the first time a few months later he scored 73 and 24 in the final.[6] He was the only player to score a century in the final in 1959-60 when Karachi beat his team, Lahore.[7]

Ahmed made his highest score in 1964-65 when he made 280 in nine and a half hours for Lahore Greens against Railways.[8] He captained the team in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final later that season; in the second innings, needing 369 to win, after Lahore Greens were 45 for 4 Ahmed made 150 not out, of an eventual total of 263.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Punjab v Railways 1953-54". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Test Cricket Tours - Pakistan to England 1954". Test Cricket Tours. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. ^ Wisden 1955, pp. 219-20.
  4. ^ "North-West Frontier Province v Punjab 1954-55". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Kenya Asians in South Africa 1956-57". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Punjab v Karachi Whites 1956-57". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Karachi v Lahore 1959-60". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Lahore Greens v Railways 1964-65". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Karachi Blues v Lahore Greens 1964-65". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
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