Asif Iqbal opened his eyes within a British-Pakistani family on the 6th of June in 1943. Hailing from Hyderabad India, Cricket was always going to be a part of Iqbal’s early life. He later went on to become one of the handiest cricketers for Pakistan in the early 70s. Having made his debut in 1964-65 Test series against Australia, Iqbal was moved to Pakistan with his family way back in 1961 from Hyderabad, India.
Asif Iqbal made his Test debut for Pakistan on the 24th of October in 1964. He was a bowling all-rounder who could bat a bit. At the start of his career, he played purely as a new ball bowler and opened the bowling for Pakistan in the early part of his career. However, he developed some problems with his fitness and back spasm also denied him of the laborious job of fast bowling.
After knowing about his problems with the ball in hand, Asif decided to concentrate more on his batting. He finished his career with 58 Test matches for Pakistan in which he averaged close to 39. He scored 3575 runs in Test matches with the help of 11 tons and 12 half-centuries. He also captained Pakistan in the first two ICC World Cups in 1975 and 1975. The men in green performed well under the captaincy of Asif Iqbal and played in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
He was amongst the very few players who ended their ODI career with an average of over 50 runs. However, he could not score a single ODI hundred in his entire career and ended his tenure in the white-ball cricket with 5 half-centuries. He was known for his elegant cover drives and thumping back-foot punches. He also took 53 wickets in 58 Test matches that he played.
He was also a regular member of the Kent County Cricket Club and played for them between 1968 and 1982. He also served as the captain of the Kent County Cricket Club. Asif enjoyed a fantastic first-class career where he scored 45 tons and 118 half-centuries.
His first-class career average is 37 but the number of runs that he scored was huge and in just 440 first-class matches, he scored over 23 thousand runs. Iqbal’s highest first-class score is 196 and he also took 261 wickets in the first-class career.
He also played for Hyderabad, Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in his prolific and long first-class career. Asif remains to be one of the finest talents produced by the men in green.