Legendary Pakistan Test batsman Hanif Mohammad has passed away, Aga Khan hospital spokesperson has confirmed.
The development comes hours after the former cricketer miraculously came back to life on Thursday.
Earlier, the 81-year-old’s had passed away; however, his son stated that his father’s heartbeat was restored six minutes later.
Last week, Hanif was put on ventilator as his condition had deteriorated, according to family members. Previously, he was admitted in Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi due to respiratory complications after being diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago.
Born in Junagadh, Hanif represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, scoring 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98. He still holds the record for highest score (337) in an innings by a Pakistani batsman, followed by Inzamamul Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313). He was also named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968.
Tributes and condolences
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson said Hanif was one of the top cricketers of all-time and an idol for many batsmen.
“It’s sad to hear of Hanif’s death and I’d like to extend my condolences and those of everyone here at the ICC to Hanif’s family, which counts so many cricketers in its number,” he said in a statement. “Hanif took batting to great heights and many batsmen drew inspiration from him.”
Meanwhile on Twitter, former and current players along with cricket fans paid tribute to Pakistan’s own little master.