Hanif Mohammad, Pakistan’s famous cricketer, on Monday, was placed on a ventilator after facing respiratory complications during his ongoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital, according to Shoaib Mohammad, his son.
Suffering from lung cancer, the former batting icon was admitted to hospital on July 31st after struggling for two weeks with breathing problems and congestion.
Shoaib asserted that following his lung cancer diagnosis in 2013, Hanif underwent surgery in London which significantly helped in bringing it under control
“But the cancer spread with time.”
“We sent the latest biopsy to our doctor in London and he said that chemotherapy will not be an effective option for further treatment.”
A Pakistan International Airlines employee, Shoaib admitted that new treatments are expensive and will be hard for him to foot on his own.
“The latest and effective treatment for this problem costs double the amount of the previous treatment and we will need the help of the government — probably from sports funds to help his (Hanif’s) recovery,” he said.
Hanif was born in Junargarh, on December 21, 1934, later playing 55 Test matches for Pakistan between 1952-53 and 1969-70, averaging a smooth 43.98 comprising of twelve hundreds.
He was seen as one of the best batsmen in the world.
Considered as one of the most epic knocks in cricket history was Hanif’s marathon knock of 337 that he scored against the West Indies in a Test at Bridgetown, in 1957-58.
After Pakistan discovered that they were following from a first-innings deficit of 473 runs on the afternoon of the third day, Hanif spent over sixteen hours at the crease, get his runs ready while allowing Pakistan to draw the game.
It is still regarded as the longest innings in Test history and remained so for over 40 years.
It remained unchallenged until it was equaled by New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum against India in 2014.
Hanif beat Sir Don Bradman’s record for the highest individual first-class innings, in 1958-59. He made 499 before being run out while attempting his five hundredth run. This also remained undefeated for over 35 years before being surpassed by Brian Lara in 1994.
All in all, Hanif made 55 first-class centuries and ended with a strong career average of 52.32.
He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. He was named, in January 2009, with two other Pakistani players, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad, as among the inaugural batch of 55 inductees of the ICC’s Hall of Fame.