Israr Ali, Pakistani Test cricketer, Died at 88


Israr Ali was born on May 1, 1927, in Jalandhar, British India and died on February 1, 2016.

He was a member of Pakistan’s first Test team that played against India in India in 1952-53.

Ali played two Tests as a top order batsman in 1952−53 without success, then two more facing the visiting Australians in 1959-60 as a lower order batsman and opening bowler, taking 6 wickets at 25.66, dismissing Les Favell four times.

As he played for Bahawalpur against Punjab A in the Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, he took 9 for 58 (11 for 88 in the match), in 1957-58,

Whilst in the quarter-finals of the tournament that season, he took 6 for 1 (figures of 11-10-1-6) to dismiss Dacca University for 39, after hitting his highest score of 79.

Israr Ali career began in the 1946–47 Ranji Trophy and ended in 1960−61.

Israr played the 1959 season as a professional for Bacup in the Lancashire League, making 912 runs at 50.66 and taking 48 wickets at 22.95.

When Aslam Khokhar died on  January 22, 2011, Israr Ali became Pakistan’s oldest living Test cricketer.

Israr Ali passed away at 88 yrs old.