|Full name Zafar Altaf|
Batting style Right-handed
1959–60 Pakistan Universities
|Bowling style Right-arm leg-spin|
Name Zafar Altaf
1958–59 to 1965–66 Lahore
Role Cricket Player
|Born 1 August 1941 (1941-08-01) Agar, Uttar Pradesh, India|
Died December 5, 2015, Islamabad, Pakistan
1958–59 to 1959–60 Punjab University
Sport Hour with M I Baig, 31Jan 2014, Part1/2
Zafar Altaf (1 August 1941 – 5 December 2015) was a cricketer for Pakistan, a cricket administrator, economist, senior civil servant and author.
- Sport Hour with M I Baig, 31Jan 2014, Part1/2
- Cricketing career
- Cricket administration
- Education and civil service career
- Books by Zafar Altaf
Zafar Altaf made his first-class debut in 1958–59 as a middle-order batsman for Lahore. In his third match he made 99 in the semi-final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy against Combined Services, and a few days later hit 111 for Punjab University in a first-class match against Sind University.
He was selected to tour India with the Pakistan team in 1960–61, and scored 262 runs in eight first-class matches at 29.11. Although he did not play in any of the Tests, he took a catch in the First Test in Bombay while fielding as a substitute.
His form fell away in the next two seasons: in six matches he scored only 82 runs. In 1964–65 he hit his second first-class century, 139 not out for Lahore against Punjab University. In 1965–66 he scored 268 for Lahore Greens against Bahawalpur, adding 346 for the fourth wicket with Majid Khan, setting a Pakistan record for a fourth-wicket partnership.
He had his most successful season in 1967–68, scoring 605 runs at 37.81, and returned to the notice of the national selectors. After captaining Lahore Greens against Karachi Blues in the long-delayed final of the 1965–66 Ayub Trophy and scoring 118 and 87, he played for The Rest against a Pakistan XI, scoring 43 in each innings. He played in the Karachi Blues team that won the 1967–68 Ayub Trophy, then captained South Zone to victory against the touring Commonwealth XI in Karachi, in a match brought to life by adventurous declarations by both captains. A few weeks later he captained North Zone against the Commonwealth XI in Peshawar, top-scoring in each innings with 64 not out and 32. He then played in the last of the three matches between Pakistan and the Commonwealth XI, scoring 13 and 5 in a drawn match. He was the only player on the Pakistan side who did not play Test cricket.
He played only six more first-class matches, in 1970–71 and 1971–72, for Rawalpindi, three of them as captain.
Altaf served as Secretary of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 1972 to 1975. He later served on the national selection committee from the mid-1980s, and as chairman of the committee from 1994 to 1996. He managed the Pakistan team that finished second in the 1999 World Cup.
Education and civil service career
Altaf received an MA in Psychology at the University of the Punjab in 1963, and a PhD in Economics at the University of Birmingham in 1981. He taught economics at three universities in Pakistan.
Dr Altaf worked as an economist in the Pakistan civil service, rising to the position of Federal Secretary for Agriculture, which he occupied for ten years from the early 1990s. He chaired the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council in the 1990s, and again in 2009.