|Event:||Pakistan in India 1960/61|
Remembering Zafar Altaf
Interestingly, Zafar Altaf may also be remembered as a surprise choice in the Pakistan team which had toured India in 1960-61. He was preferred over Duncan Sharpe, a middle order batsman from Railways, who had performed so well in the preceding Test series against Australia but it was Zafar Altafs brilliant fielding which gave him the edge.
I had first met Zafar Altaf during a festival match played at Niaz Stadium Hyderabad on return of Pakistan team after the tour of India in March 1961. My next meeting with him was in May 2002 at PC Bhurban where he had arrived to deliver a lecture in PEC Seminar. Incidentally, on the occasion, I had also presented him a copy of press clippings of the Pakistan teams tour of India in 1960-61, which I had fondly collected in my school days. The clippings included one photo in which he was shown holding the catch of PR Umrigar at first slip while substituting for Fazal Mahmood off the bowling of Mahmood Hussain in the first Test match of the series at Bombay. Unfortunately that remained the only contribution of Dr Zafar Altaf in Test cricket.
Perhaps it may also be quite interesting to mention that on that tour not only Zafar Altaf but three other more senior players namely Shujauddin Butt, Ijaz Butt and Mohammad Munaf had returned without playing a test match. Dr. Mohammad Jehangir Khan was Pakistan teams Manager.
Right-handed middle order batsman, Zafar Altafs first class career spanned over 13 years (1958-59 to 1971-72). He scored 2448 runs (average 32.21) with 4 hundreds and 10 fifties. He took 8 wickets (Average 37.87) and also held 20 catches. He represented Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Pakistan Universities. He scored his highest score 268 in April 1966 in Bagh-i-Jinnah Lahore for Lahore Greens against Bahawalpur in Ayub Trophy. Zafar Altafs most successful season was 1967-68, in which he scored 605 runs (Average 37.81). Later he was selected to represent BCCP XI and Pakistan Team against visiting International XI and Commonwealth Team in 1968. Leading North Zone Team he scored 64 no against Commonwealth XI at Peshawar. Born on 1 August 1941 at Agra (India) Dr. Zafar Altaf died in Islamabad on 5 December 2015.
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Alas! Such a capable cricketer, an able cricket administrator and a distinguished economist of the country has passed away.
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