Khalid Wazir, a part of Pakistan’s historical 1954 tour of England, has expired. Wazir was sick for a while and passed away in the old 84 at Chester on Saturday.
A tall and athletic medium-pace bowler and hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Wazir was the 16th Test cricketer for both Pakistan and also the second-youngest for his nation in the time of his debut against England at Lord’s – just Hanif Mohammad was younger on introduction until afterward.
Wazir just played two Tests on this tour but it was a massive one to become a part of, since it declared Pakistan’s coming as a severe cricketing nation. They drew the show from a strong England side 1-1. Wazir was the son of Wazir Ali, who – along with also his brother Nazir Ali – played Test cricket for India at the 1930s. Following the Partition of the nation, the Wazir family transferred from Jalandhar to Karachi and their reputation was such that among Pakistan’s oldest, most aggressive club championships – held throughout the monsoons at Lahore – was known as the Wazir Ali League.
Wazir was a surprise choice for Pakistan from the traveling party to England with just two outstanding matches under his belt, and had he played at the Quaid-e-Azam trophy in 1953-54, the year leading up to the excursion.
The tour did not go well for him. He performed with the first and third test of this four-match series but handled just 14 runs in 3 innings and did not bowl. He also ended the tour 16 top-notch matches, scoring 253 runs – like one half-century – in 16. 86 and shooting nine wickets in 62. 66.
He had been summoned into the Pakistan side in their next tour of England, the disastrous 1962 trip, following a couple of pacemen broke down with trauma. However he played the tour and that he was living in England by then and had turned into a prosperous club cricketer at the North Staffordshire and District League.