Pakistan internationals past and present came together as Bears’ Hassan Ali took time to meet Wazir Mohammad, Pakistan’s oldest living Test cricketer.

Wazir – who played 20 Tests between 1952-59 – was part of the pioneering Pakistan team of 1954 that toured England for the first time.

He top scored in the final Test, unbeaten on 42, as they shocked an England side featuring the likes of Denis Compton and captain Len Hutton to win at The Oval.

The 94-year-old, now living in Solihull, is the only surviving member of that series.

Hassan Ali – who made his Pakistan Test debut 65 years after Wazir – paid him a visit to talk Pakistan cricket, the Bears, and to present him with tickets for the upcoming England vs Pakistan IT20 at Edgbaston.

“It was an honour to meet Wazir, he is a living legend,” said Hassan. “There’s a special bond between everyone who’s played for our country, lots of respect and love.

“Wazir was at the very start of Pakistan’s journey in international cricket and it was lovely hearing his memories about the games he played in, especially the 189 he scored in the West Indies.

“He told me how he wasn’t scared to face world class bowlers because he enjoyed the challenge of testing himself against the best. 

“I hope to be playing for Pakistan against England at Edgbaston later this month and it will be wonderful if Wazir can be watching in the crowd.”

Wazir – who scored 801 runs in 20 Tests – is one of four brothers that played international cricket for Pakistan.

Alongside Hanif Mohammad, Mushtaq Mohammad, and Sadiq Mohammad they collectively played 173 Tests for their country.  

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