The Pakistan Cricket team has a wonderful and rich history. And there are some players who had been associated with Pakistan cricket for several decades. Amongst them is the former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam who was born on the 28th of December in 1941. He was also one of the very few cricketers who were born before the independence of Pakistan.
Intikhab opened his eyes in Hoshiarpur which is in the Punjab state of India. But it was British-India at that time and Intikhab later migrated to Pakistan after the partition of the Sub-continent. Intikhab played for almost two decades as he started his career in 1959.
He played in 47 Test matches for Pakistan and represented the men in green in just four one-day international matches. He also captained Pakistan in 3 ODIs where he won the two matches and lost one as well.
Intikhab Alam was a prolific all-rounder as he showcased his talent not only with the bat but also with the ball in hand. In 47 Test matches, he scored 1493 runs with a single hundred and eight half-centuries.
He was more of a bowling all-rounder because his bowling numbers are telling a different story. He took 125 wickets in his 47 Test matches and took five five-fors and two ten-fors.
Intikhab Alam was amongst the few Pakistani players who were in high demand in the English County Circuit. Intikhab Alam played for the Surrey Cricket Club for well over a decade between 1969 and 1981.
During his stay in the United Kingdom (UK), Intikhab also worked as a coach in the Glasgow Cricket Academy of Scotland. Intikhab Alam emerged as a fine all-rounder for Surrey as he played a key role in some of the most memorable victories of the club.
Intikhab Alam became the first captain in the one-day internationals for Pakistan and he could only play three ODIs for Pakistan as captain. He also joined the Pakistan Cricket team as a manager in the ICC World Cup 1992 where the green team emerged victorious in the competition under the captain of the current Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Intikhab Alam also has another unique record to his name as he became the first foreigner to coach a Ranji Trophy in India. In 2008, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Geoff Lawson as the Head Coach of the national team and Intikhab Alam once again joined the national team as a manager.
The decision paid dividends once again as the men in green clinched the ICC World T20 title in 2009 for the first time under the captaincy of Younis Khan.