Younis Ahmed

Author of LAHORE TO LONDON


Younis Ahmed was born in 1947 in Jullundur, modern day India, although shortly after his birth he and his family moved to Lahore in the newly created country of Pakistan.

Cricket ran in the family - Younis was a younger brother of Saeed Ahmed, who played in 41 Test matches between 1958 and 1972. Younis also represented his country, but in only four Test matches. Such a small number was a great waste of his talent. Younis was dropped after two matches and subsequently banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board for touring South Africa in 1974, during the apartheid era. Seventeen years after first being dropped, he was recalled to play two further Tests against India.

The bulk of Younis' cricket career was spent in England. He played for Surrey for thirteen years, winning the County Championship in 1971. He left Surrey abruptly in 1978, unhappy that the county had failed to grant him a benefit season. Younis still had plenty of cricket in him - some might say the best years of his career - and he played another eight seasons in England, five for Worcestershire, three for Glamorgan. Younis also spent several seasons in Australia, where he replaced Garry Sobers as overseas player for South Australia, and Rhodesia.

Younis retired from cricket in 1987, having scoring over 1,000 first-class runs in thirteen different seasons. He now lives in Surrey with his wife, Puchi.