Qamar Ahmed, third cricket journalist, to cover 400 Test Matches

Qamar Ahmed, the Pakistani Cricket journalist became the only third man in history to cover 400 test matches while covering a match as Sharjah.

Jan 17, 2014 14:25 IST
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Qamar Ahmed, the veteran Pakistani Cricket journalist on 16 January 2014 became the only third man in history to cover 400 test matches. He covered his 400th test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah, which was overall the 2115 test match in number.

Ahmed of 76 years follows the British journalist John Woodcock and Australian captain-turned-writer and commentator Richie Benaud to achieve the milestone. He is fondly known as Q to friends and cricketers around the world.

About Qamar Ahmed in cricket
• He covered the 1000th Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Hyderabad, Pakistna in 1984
• He covered his 2000th test in 2011 between England and India at Lord’s
• He has covered 732 one-day internationals and eight world cup tournaments
• He played first-class cricket in Pakistan as an orthodox slow left-arm spinner, who dismissed the five of the legendry Mohammad brothers of Pakistan namely Wazir, Mustaq, Sahiq, Hanif and Raees
• He reported the first match at Lords in 1974 of England against Pakistan. This match was the 743rd Test match
• He has covered 19 percent of all the test matches played till date and 29 percent of all the test matches played in four decades
• He has covered at 59 venues used for test matches of the 107 venues

About Test Cricket: Test cricket started in March 1877 and the 400th test match was played in February 1955.

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