KARACHI - Legendary cricketer Hanif Muhammad was laid to rest at the PECHS graveyard here on Friday. Earlier, the `Namaz-i-Janaza' was offered at Nomania Masjid after Friday prayers.

It was led by Mufti Taqi Usmani and attended by a large number of players, politicians and people from various walks of life. Prominent among them were Provincial Sports Minister, Sardar Muhammad Bux Mahar, cricketers Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Moeen Khan, Squash legend Jahangir Khan and Senator Saeed Ghani. Hanif Muhammad had died at a local hospital on Thursday afternoon after illness. He was 81.

In the cricket world he is better known as the Little Master because of his exceptional performance in the game. He was born in Junagadh in 1934 and began his Test career in October 1952. Hanif represented Pakistan in 55 Tests scoring 3,915 runs with 12 centuries. His highest score was 337.

Tiwana, Butt condole legend’s death: M Nawaz Tiwana, former MD PIA and Pakistan Hockey Federation president, has expressed deep grief at the demise of Hanif Muhammad , former Pakistan captain and retired General Manager Sports of PIA.

Tiwana, who during his long years with PIA was closely associated with sports, said Hanif was a pillar of strength both for PIA and Pakistan cricket. “He helped a lot to build the game and I remember him as a through gentlemen and accomplished sportsman. My deepest condolence to Mrs Hanif, Shoaib and other members of family.”

Khalid Butt, Media Consultant to Punjab Chief Minister, a former General Manager, Public Affairs PIA, Media Advisor PCB & PHF, has also condoled the passing away of Hanif Muhammad . “In Hanif not only Pakistan has lost a cricket hero and stalwart, but a dear friend and colleague of mine in PIA for long years. My deep condolence to Begum Hanif, Shoaib and other members of distinguished cricketer’s family.”