ICC chief saddened by Hanif passing


The International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson has expressed sadness at the passing of former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad at the age of 81.

Hanif scored 3915 runs in 55 Test matches - including 12 centuries - but is best known for recording the longest Test innings played in history.

The Pakistani batted for 970 minutes en route to a career-best 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1958.

Richardson said: "His contribution to the game has been enormous and one can only imagine the kind of impact his batting had on other over the years.

"Hanif's triple-century against the West Indies was a legendary innings and unsurprisingly he was one of the original inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame."

Hanif's short stature and impeccable technique earned him the nickname 'Little Master', a moniker later applied to iconic pair Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar.