Karachi: Hanif Mohammad, often called the sub continent's original Little Master, celebrated his 80th birthday with the complaint that the Pakistan cricket authorities had to this day not recognised and rewarded him for his triple century against the West Indies in 1957.
Although Hanif’s 80th birthday was on Sunday but he decided to hold a small reception yesterday at his residence to officially celebrate the occasion, apparently since the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan was also in town. For some reasons Shaharyar didn't show up for the function, but Pakistani players Younis Khan, Moin Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Taufiq Umar all showed up to spent time with the legend.
"The cricket authorities have recognised and rewarded Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq for scoring triple centuries but it still remains one of the saddest moments for me that my feat is yet to be recognised," Hanif said.
He said he had scored his 337 runs at a time when the pitches were not covered and there was no proper gear for players to protect them. "I took blows and also underwent an operation after that innings. But what is disappointing is that until today, the authorities have not recognised my triple century or acknowledged my effort," he complained.