Former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad, the original ‘Little Master’, dies aged 81


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• Hanif dies in Karachi after suffering respiratory problems
• Retains the record for the longest Test innings at 16 hours

The former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad has died at the age of 81, having been admitted to a Karachi hospital earlier this week suffering from respiratory problems. He had previously been diagnosed with lung cancer, which he had treatment for in London in 2013.

Dubbed the “Little Master” long before Sachin Tendulkar could lay claim to the tag, Hanif arguably had an even more significant impact on the popularity of cricket in his country. He retains the record for the longest Test innings in term of time – taking just over 16 hours to piece together a game-saving 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957, which is also still the highest score by an Asian batsman outside the subcontinent.

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