Yawar Saeed dies in Lahore


The long-serving Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed, whose last stint with the team was in 2010, has died at the age of 80 in Lahore.

Saeed was the son of Pakistan’s first captain Mian Mohammad Saeed, who led the country in unofficial Tests before they gained full status, and the brother-in-law of former captain and paceman Fazal Mahmood. Of his 59 first-class games, 50 were for Somerset on England’s county circuit.

He stepped down from the team manager role after the spot-fixing debacle in England that saw three Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir jailed and banned from playing cricketing for five years.

Born in Lahore before the partition of India, Saeed’s cricketing career lasted between 1953 and 1959. He played against MCC and had also featured in a match against West Indies in 1958-59. He picked up 106 wickets at 34.05 as a seamer and contributed 1547 runs at 15.47 with the bat. He also represented East Pakistan, Amir of Bahawalpur’s XI and Pakistan’s Central Zone.