Asif Iqbal Biography
Asif Iqbal is a former Pakistani Cricketer, who was born on 6th June 1943 in Hyderabad, India during the British Raj.
The 5ft. 9-inch cricketer is known for his elegant stroke play and effective technique. He was a right-handed batsman and also carried with him the ability to bowl right-handed medium-pace and the ability to take wickets at crucial junctures in the game.
Iqbal is also related to former Indian Captain Ghulam Ahmed and Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza.
Iqbal was a quick learner and Cricket had been his passion for a long time. After grasping the breath of Cricket in Hyderabad and developing his ability which would soon give his career a new direction in the coming years.
It was in 1961 when Iqbal immigrated to Pakistan that he created a niche for himself.
Iqbal has also been the captain of the side of Pakistan and has also been the captain of Kent in English County Cricket Championship.
Iqbal played in 259 matches in his illustrious career, where he has scored 5,989 runs at an average of 27.98.
Iqbal also has some excellent figures with the ball in his hand as well. He has taken 126 wickets at an average of 25.96.
Iqbal made his debut against a strong Australian side boasting of one of the best bowling attacks on 24th October 1964.
He made a rollicking debut in limited overs Cricket against New Zealand on 11th February 1973.
Iqbal has also played for his birthplace Hyderabad during the 1959-61 seasons.
He has also been instrumental as a captain for Kent in the English County scene. He has also represented teams like Pakistan International Airlines and National Bank of Pakistan.
Iqbal has been the captain of Pakistan at the inaugural Cricket World Cup in 1975 and 1979 as well; he became the first Pakistani Captain to lead his team to the semi-finals of the world cup in 1979.
He has also been an integral part of the Kent team in the English County scene in leading the team from the front.
Iqbal played his last test match against his former country India on 29th January 1980. Following which he retired from all forms of the game. He is now an ICC match referee.