Former Test cricketer for Pakistan, Mudassar Nazar was born in Lahore on 6 April 1956. After retiring from professional cricket, he has had a number of administrative positions in the cricketing world, including two stints as coach
Former Test cricketer for Pakistan, Mudassar Nazar was born in Lahore on 6 April 1956. After retiring from professional cricket, he has had a number of administrative positions in the cricketing world, including two stints as coach for Pakistan in 1993 and 2001 and for Kenya’s national team in the season of 2005.
Mudassar made his debut in Test cricket for Pakistan against Australia in Adelaide on 24 December 1976. He is the son of Test cricketer Nazar Mohammad and followed in his father's footsteps to open Pakistan's opening batting. In 1982 he earned the title of 'Golden Arm' at Lord's for his match winning bowling spell against England.
Mudassar now resides in Bolton, England. He played for many prominent league teams in Pakistan and England. Mudassar played his last Test match against New Zealand at Auckland on 28 February 1989, but he continued playing first-class cricket until 1993.
Mudassar became the second Pakistani after his father to carry the bat as an opener in the fifth Test of the 1982–83 series against India. One time Mudassar Nazar held a record for highest partnership in Test Cricket of 451-runs, 3rd-wicket with Javed Miandad against India at Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1982–83.
Mudassar also holds the record for the slowest Test match century. He was also a useful bowling option for his captain and earned the reputation of a shock bowler because he was good at breaking long partnerships and batsmen who played long innings.
Quick and understated, as a cricketer and a personality, Mudassar was far more of a "mode" batsman than his more gifted partner Mohsin Khan, but he made the most of what he had. Mudassar himself was at his best on slow, low pitches. His innings against England in Lahore in 1977/78 was as slow as they come and wouldn't attract a crowd of 50,000 nowadays.
As a league pro in England, Mudassar developed his medium-pace, which had its moments. He served as director of the Nairobi Cricket Academy as well as Pakistan's National Cricket Academy and was part of the junior selection committee as well. His experience with academy cricketers earned him a position with the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai.