Pakistan played their first-ever match (Test Match) in 1952 against India in Lucknow. Pakistan played the 3 match series against India under the captaincy of Abdul Hafeez Kardar. He was the first captain of the Pakistan cricket team.
Pakistan won their first-ever match internationally against India. But eventually lost the series 2-1. Abdul Hafeez Kardar was born on 17 January 1925 and laid to rest on 21 April 1996. He captained Pakistan in its first 23 Test matches.
He played for Pakistan from 1946-1958. In this period he had played 26 matches and scored 927 runs with an average of 23 and also took 21 wickets.
First Captain of Pakistan cricket team, Abdul Hafeez Kardar was one of the only three cricketers who have played for both India and Pakistan.
Not only he was a cricketer but a politician as well. He served as a member of the provisional Assembly of Punjab. He was also the Food Minister of Punjab under the Bhutto Government.
Abdul H. Kardar is recognized as the fatherly figure of Pakistan cricket. He recieved Pride of Performance Award from the Government in 1958.
He has the honor to captain Pakistan against each of the Test-playing nations and also leading his side to victory against all of them. It is an extraordinary achievement for a cricketing nation like Pakistan.
The first captain of the Pakistan cricket team also created history by winning the first-ever Test match against Australia in 1957. During his tenure, Pakistan won 6, lost 6, and drawn 11 matches out of a total of 23. He retired from international cricket in 1958.
He bore all the criticism for his immature team’s performance but he was a man of vision. He was granted a tribute by Google Doodle for all his achievements on his 94th birthday in 2019.