We are back with our biography section once again where we discuss the careers, lives and achievements of different cricketers of Pakistan.
Today, we’re going to talk about a left-arm spinner who was perhaps the pioneer of the left-arm spinners in Pakistan. Iqbal Qasim was a slow left-arm orthodox spinner with great variations and tactics for a spinner.
Early Life & Career:
Iqbal Qasim was born on the 6th of August in 1953 in Karachi and was a keen follower of the game from the start. He played for almost eight years between 1976 and 1988 and featured in 50 Test matches and 15 ODIs for the men in green. He was not just a prolific wicket-taker but he was also quite good at containing the batsman.
His economy rate of 2.21 is a huge achievement for a spinner. Iqbal used to trouble the batsman with his uncatchable trajectory and accurate line length.
He took 171 wickets in 50 Test matches that he played taking 3.5 wickets per match. He was not a great turner of the ball and he used to trouble the opposition batters with his pace variations.
Iqbal saw many great moments in his career but his best performance came against India when he took 9-121 in 1987 in the third Test match of the series. He played a key role in securing Pakistan’s 1st Test series victory in India.
He also took the wicket of Sunil Gavaskar in the last innings of the game when the Indian great was batting on 96. Iqbal will consider himself unlucky because, at the peak of his career, he always used to sit out because of Abdul Qadir in the squad.
Qadir was Pakistan’s premier leg-spinner at that time and Iqbal used to make way for the great leg-spinner in the side on numerous occasions. He also took 999 first-class wickets in his career laborious domestic cricket career and he will always remain as one of the best spinners Pakistan has ever produced.
Iqbal Qasim also joined the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as a chief selector in 2012 he is always seen in a new role with the PCB. He has also taken 119 wickets in List A cricket. His career-best figures in Test matches are 7-49.
Iqbal played for almost eight years in the national jersey and he was only the 2nd best spinner after Abdul Qadir in Test matches. He was a traditional left-arm spinner who didn’t rely much on the flight. Iqbal was more into line and length and his accurate deliveries always used to trouble the opposition batsmen.