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Younis Ahmed was a talented, attacking middle-order batsman who left his native Pakistan to forge a successful career in cricket around the globe. But he is not remembered for his vibrant batting. Instead it is for moments of controversy: an international ban for touring apartheid-era South Africa, taking Surrey to a tribunal, leaving Worcestershire under a cloud. Now Younis tells his side of the story.
Younis also describes winning the County Championship and Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, replacing Garry Sobers at South Australia at the invitation of Don Bradman, pioneering professionalism and sponsorship in cricket, taking the sport to the Middle East and playing alongside legends including Javed Miandad and Imran Khan.
This is the colourful and chequered story of how one cricketer’s journey from Lahore to London took him to the top of the game, but also to the depths rejection and despair.
Younis Ahmed played four Test matches for Pakistan, although there was a seventeen-year gap between the second and third – the result of a ban Younis received for touring South Africa during the apartheid era. He played for Surrey for thirteen years, winning the County Championship in 1971. He also played for South Australia, Worcestershire and Glamorgan, scoring over 1,000 first-class runs in thirteen different seasons. Younis now lives in Surrey with his wife, Puchi.
"Younis batted the same way as he lived life, in the fast lane. He was a talented player with Omar Sharif looks who could turn a game." Glenn Turner, former New Zealand and Worcestershire captain
1 May 2016 - ISBN 9780993215261
Hardback - 216x138mm - 240 pages