Pakistan cricket legend Hanif Mohammad dies aged 81 after battle with cancer

Karachi, Aug 11 : Legendary Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad, who had been battling lung cancer, passed away here at the Aga Khan Hospital on Thursday.

He was 81. `Little Master` Hanif, who underwent surgery in London in 2013, was admitted to the hospital last month due to respiratory complications but was shifted to the ventilator a couple of days ago after his health deteriorated, the Dawn reported.

Earlier in the day, reports of the cricketer's demise had emerged after his son, Shoaib Mohammad was 'misinformed' by doctors about his father's death.

Hanif made 55 Test appearances for Pakistan between 1952-53 and 1969-70, having averaged a fine 43.98 including twelve centuries.

Hanif's magnificent moment of his career came in 1967 when he smashed a blistering knock of 337 during his side's drawn Test match against West Indies at Bridgetown.

The innings is still regarded as one of the epic knocks in cricket history. Hanif also bagged Wisden Cricketer of the Year award in 1968. He was named among the inaugural batch of 55 inductees into the ICC's Hall of Fame..

Source: ANI