Qamar Ahmed

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Designation: Freelance Cricket writer and Broadcaster
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Veteran Pakistani cricket journalist Qamar Ahmed became only the third man in history to cover 400 Test matches.

The 76-year-old, fondly known as Q to friends and cricketers around the world, follows British journalist John Woodcock of The Times and former Australian captain-turned-writer and commentator Richie Benaud to the milestone.
 
As a left-arm spinner, Qamar Ahmed lacked nothing for quality. He made a name for himself in the mid-fifties, pushing for a spot in the national side and holds the rare distinction of having dismissed all the brothers of the famous Mohammad family. Hanif, Sadiq and Mushtaq were dismissed, in fact, on their debuts. But it is as a freelance cricket writer and broadcaster that he has really made his name. By the end of the 2006 Test series between Pakistan and the West Indies, Qamar had covered 348 Tests, over 600 ODIs and every single World Cup. He has covered Tests and ODIs for all the leading English newspapers, has contributed to dailies and magazines around the world and has worked for Reuters and AFP. Additionally, he has also worked for various TV channels and radio stations as a commentator, and worked for TVNZ during the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. 
He has written and worked on a number of books, including 'Pakistan Book of Cricket' (annual from 1976 to 1998-99), 'Testing Times', 'Showdown', 'Golden Greats of Pakistan Cricket' and collaborated with Hanif Mohammad and Waqar Hasan on their autobiographies. He does not cover ODIs anymore, he says, but is a presence in press boxes around the world, a noted raconteur of some of cricket's funnier tales. He completed 400 Tests as a reporter during the third Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah in January 2014.




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