Full name Majid Jahangir Khan
Born September 28, 1946, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Major teams Pakistan, Cambridge University, Glamorgan, Lahore, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab, Queensland, Rawalpindi
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
Relation Father – M Jahangir Khan, Cousin – Javed Burki, Cousin – Imran Khan, Son – Bazid Khan
Majid Jahangir Khan is a former cricketer, specialist batsman and former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and perhaps the most fearless opening Batsman produced by Pakistan. Khan’s first-class career spanned from 1961 to 1985. He played 63 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 3,931 runs and made 8 centuries, scored over 27,000 first-class runs and made 73 first-class centuries, with 128 fifties. Majid played his last test for Pakistan in January 1983 against India at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and his last One Day International (ODI) was in July 1982 against ngland at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Majid’s Test career started in 1964 against Australia at National Stadium, Karachi. Khan is one of only four batsmen (the other three are Trumper, Macartney and Bradman) to have scored a century before lunch in a test match, scoring 108 not-out off 112 balls against New Zealand in Karachi during the 1976-77 test series. Khan made his ODI debut against New Zealand in 1973 at Lancaster Park, New Zealand. He also holds the unique honor of scoring the first one day century for Pakistan, in an ODI against England at Trent Bridge on 31st August 1974. Khan scored 109 from 93 balls with 16 fours and a six.
Majid had played for Lahore since 1961/62 and had made his Test debut against Australia in 1964/65 and toured England with the 1967 Pakistani`s. During a match with Glamorgan, Majid blasted a rapid 147 in 89 minutes, hitting Roger Davis for five sixes in one over. Wilf Wooller, the club secretary, had been a close friend of Majid`s father when Dr.Jahangir Khan had been up at Cambridge, and the influential Glamorgan secretary persuaded Glamorgan county to sign him as the overseas player from 1968. In 1972 he won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the season’s fastest century which he scored in 70 minutes for Glamorgan against Warwickshire. He captained the Welsh county between 1973 and 1976, scored over 9000 runs punctuated with 21 first-class centuries for them. Imran Khan, the legendary Pakistani ex-captain and fast bowler, and Javed Burki are his cousins. Bazid Khan, Majid’s son, has also played for Pakistan, making the family the second, after the Headleys, to have three consecutive generations of Test cricketers.
Initially, Majid Khan continued to boost Pakistan’s middle order, until he was promoted to fill the opener’s slot with Sadiq Mohammad in 1974. He was the first century scorer for Pakistan in One Day International Cricket, scoring 108 runs against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in the same season. Majid Khan was also a specialist slip fielder and made most catches look easy. Khan was also well known as a “walker”, maintaining the high traditions of the game in an era when professionalism was straining at the traditional etiquettes of the game.
The 1976-77 tour of West Indies was the most remarkable period for Majid Khan, where he scored scored 530 test runs against one of the most powerful bowling attacks in the history of the game. His best innings was perhaps the 167 in Pakistan’s second innings at Georgetown Guyana that saved Pakistan from a certain defeat. Pakistan lost that series 2-1.
After retirement from International Cricket, Khan became an administrator with the Pakistan Cricket Board, becoming the CEO of the board in mid 1990s. He now lives in Islamabad.