Lahore : Former Test Cricketer Imtiaz Ahmad Passed away. Inna Lillahe wa Inna elehe rajeune. Imtiaz Ahmad funeral prayer was offered at Khalid Masjid Cavalry Ground. A large number of people from all walks of life included Shafqat Rana, Salah uddin Sallo, Zakar Khan , attended the funeral prayer except the PCB executives who just issued condolence message for publication to the media houses.
Chairman PCB Shaharyar M. Khan, Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad have offered their heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Imtiaz Ahmed, former Test wicket-keeper batsman.
“This is a sad day for Pakistan cricket. Losing another legend after Hanif Mohammad in the same year is a great loss to Pakistan’s cricket. The entire cricketing fraternity, in this country, is in sorrow over the sad demise of Imtiaz Ahmed. He was a great gentleman and will be missed”, said the PCB Chairman.
Imtiaz was a veteran of 41 Tests who was also a part of the famous Oval Test match victory against England in 1954, where he took seven catches off Fazal Mahmood’s bowling. He opened the innings with Late Hanif Mohammad against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 and scored valuable 91 which provided the team the platform to draw the Test match. He remained consultant of Pakistan Women’s wing from 2005 to 2008 and also worked as an advisor at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore.
“This is very sad news. Imtiaz was one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen the country had ever produced and was a true ambassador of the game. He was truly a legend of the game in Pakistan”, said Chairman Executive Committee, Najam Sethi.
“The Entire PCB family expresses their sorrow on the passing away of Imtiaz Ahmed. May the soul of the departed rest in eternal peace and grant the family and the dear ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”, said PCB COO, Subhan Ahmad.