Mian Yawar Saeed
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Mian Yawar Saeed

A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, who claimed 106 career wickets, Mian Yawar Saeed was born on January 22, 1935 in Lahore. He played 50 first-class matches for Somerset County Cricket Club and nine matches for a variety of teams based in Pakistan between 1953 and 1959.

He played against MCC and had also featured in a match against West Indies in 1958-59. He picked up 106 wickets at 34.05 as a seamer and contributed 1547 runs at 15.47 with the bat. He also represented East Pakistan, Amir of Bahawalpur's XI and Pakistan's Central Zone. After retiring as a player, Yawar became an administrator and served the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a long time in various capacities.

Yawar Saeed was appointed Pakistan cricket team manager, but he stepped down from the team manager role on 27 September 2010, after the spot-fixing controversy erupted during the fourth and final Test at Lord’s, when the then captain Salman Butt instigated pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to bowl no-balls. The trio were subsequently suspended and then banned by the ICC from playing cricket for five years.

Yawar Saeed was the son of Pakistan's first captain Mian Mohammad Saeed, who led the country in unofficial Tests before they gained full status, and the brother-in-law of former captain and paceman Fazal Mahmood. He was the father in law of current chairman of Pakistan senate Raza Rabbani.

The long-serving Pakistan cricket team manager Yawar Saeed died of a brain tumour on 21 October 2015, at the age of 80 in Lahore. PCB (http://www.pcb.com.pk/) chairman while condoling Yawar Saeed’s death, described him as a hardworking administrator.

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