The Pakistan Cricket team holds a rich history as it first played under the captaincy of its first-ever Test captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar. Kardar became the father figure of Pakistan cricket after he captained Pakistan against India in 1952-53 in the first-ever official Test match of the country. A.H Kardar was born in Lahore Punjab on the 17th of January 1925.
At that time, it was known as British India and Kardar mostly played his cricket on the streets of Lahore while growing up. He later became only the third player in the history of the game to have played for both India and Pakistan.
Amir Elahi and Gul Mohammad were the other top players who had achieved this feat. Abdul Hafeez also tried his hand in politics and was elected as the Provincial assembly member of the Punjab assembly.
He served as a food minister in Punjab in the regime of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. As far as his personal life is concerned then he married an English woman named Helen Rosemary who was the daughter of the chairman of Cyril Hastilow club.
Having risen up in a local Punjabi family in Lahore, Kardar received his early education from Islamia College Lahore and later graduated from University College Oxford. He also played for a number of teams including the official cricket team of the oxford university.
He also played for Northern India and Muslims before playing for India and Pakistan. Pakistan played against India in 1952-53 in its first official Test match series under the captaincy of Kardar and India won that series 2-1. Pakistan got their first-ever Test match victory in the 2nd Test match at Lucknow. Before Pakistan got its Test status, Kardar also played for the English county Warwickshire.
It could be said that the team which was captained by the father of Pakistan cricket was inexperienced, raw and also fearless in its abilities. The achievements of Abdul Hafeez Kardar include Test series’ victories against every Test playing nation at that time.
During his tenure, Pakistan won 6 Test matches, lost 6 Test matches and 11 Test matches ended without a result. Kardar’s captaincy was criticized in the 1954-55 India’s tour to Pakistan when all the five matches were drawn. It was because of Pakistan’s history with India that motivated the players to play defensively as none of the teams wanted to lose.