Third-generation double-centurion for Pakistan cricket’s first family

Third-generation double-centurion for Pakistan cricket’s first family

Agency News

Karachi, Oct 13: When Shehzar Mohammad smashed 265 in a domestic game in Pakistan, he followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, uncle and two grand-uncles in scoring a first-class double-century.

Shehzar is the grandson of the legendary Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad, who averaged 43.98 in 55 Tests for his nation and had a first-class high score of 499. Shehzar’s father, Shoaib Mohammad, played 45 Tests and 63 ODIs, with a best first-class score of 208 not out.Hanif’s brothers Sadiq and Mushtaq also had double-hundreds in their careers, as did Sadiq’s son Imran.

With lineage like that, the pressure would have been on Shehzar, a right-hand batsman, off-break bowler and occasional wicket-keeper. The 26-year-old proved himself up to the challenge, making 265 for Karachi Whites against Multan at the Multan Cricket Stadium in a Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match on Friday.

In this his 36th first-class match, he faced 464 balls, striking 30 boundaries and a six, an ICC report on Saturday said. “This is a great moment for everyone in Mohammad family. This shows that cricket runs in our blood,” a delighted Shoaib said. "If Hanif sahab were alive today, he would have been very proud." (UNI)