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KARACHI: Former Test paceman Munir Malik who played three Test matches for Pakistan died here after a protracted illness on Friday. He was 78.

Munir, who is survived by five daughters, was laid to rest at the PECHS graveyard later in the day.

He made his debut as a right-arm medium pace bowler in the famous first Test against Australia in 1959-60 in Karachi in which Intikhab Alam took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket, that of opener Colin Mcdonald.

Little Master Hanif Mohammad also scored an unbeaten 104 to save the match for Pakistan.

Munir bagged the wickets of former captain Richie Benaud and batsman Norman O’Neill in the first innings while in the second innings, he got the wicket of Colin McDonald.

Munir also toured England with the Pakistan team under Javed Burki in 1962 and ended his career with seven wickets in three Test matches.

Besides that, he also took 197 wickets in 49 first class games between 1956-1966 while representing Punjab, Rawalpindi and Services teams.

The Soyem for the departed soul will be held at his residence 5-Senorina Apartment Baloch 13-A, Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Saturday at 4.00pm.

KCCA president Sirajul Islam Bukhari and secretary Prof Ejaz Faruqi offered their condolences on Munir Malik’s death.—APP