Thousands pay tribute to Mahmood at his burial

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Thousands of mourners turned up showing their love and respect to former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Fazal Mahmood who was buried in Lahore today.

Fazal died yesterday after suffering a cardiac arrest in his Ayesha Textile Mill office at the age of 78.

The cricketer, who remained Pakistan's leading wicket-taker with 139 scalps which stood for 25 years before Imran Khan broke it, was largely remembered for his 12 for 99 against England in the 1954 Test at The Oval.

Fazal's team-mates, former Test stalwarts, politicians, people from media and officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) attended the burial.

President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz also condoled his death while remembering the great fast bowler as someone who conquered the hearts of not only the Pakistanis but all the cricket lovers with his performances, attitude and discipline.

As a mark of respect, the Pakistan team will wear black arm bands in the second Test against the West Indies starting at Jamaica from June 3.

Former Test stalwarts remembered Fazal as an inspiration and role model for the generations to come.

Little Master Hanif Mohammad described Fazal as the greatest bowler of his era.

"Fazal was foremost in putting Pakistan cricket on track soon after the independence. The fact we got Test status in such a short time was because of Fazal who won us matches on his own," Hanif said.

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