Cricketer Taslim Arif (1954-2008) Passes Away

Posted on March 13, 2008
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Owais Mughal

Pakistan Cricket team’s former test wicket keeper batsman Taslim Arif has passed away. Taslim had lung problems and was feeling difficulty in respiration. He was admitted to the hospital on the morning of March 12.

He was born in Karachi on May 1, 1954. Taslim played six tests and two ODI matches from Pakistan. He made debut against India on January 29, 1980 in Calutta test with 90-run innings (Scorecard Here).

I have vivid memories of listening to the live commentary of his debut test match at our home. All the men in our house hold were gathered around a big radio set and every one was talking about this new lad Taslim Arif who scored brave 90 runs in his very first innings against India. In second innings also he was a top scorer with 46 along with Javed Miandad.

Taslim Arif’s real fame came from a test match in Faisalabad against Australia. There he came as an opener and scored 210 not out. It was a record score at that time by a wicket keeper batsman. (Scorecard Here). Interestingly the earlier world record of highest score by a wicket keeper also belonged to a Pakistani, Imtiaz Ahmad (209 not out). I remember myself being glued to TV for five days watching Pakistan and Taslim play in this match. Taslim first kept wickets for 3 days and then batted for 2 days. I remember that PTV commentators in that match were all praise for him that he stood in the ground for all 5 days. On the 5th day, the game was called drawn as soon as Taslim Arif broke Imtiaz Ahmad’s record.

Geo News reports:

He hit a total of 501 runs in six test matches with 62.62 average. As many as nine batsmen fell prey to him, of them, he caught six catches and three were stumped out.Though, he was a wicketkeeper, he also took a wicket while bowling in a test match. He made his debut in ODI match against West Indies on November 21, 1980.

Taslim was ailing for last couple of days and was under treatment in a Karachi hospital. He was part of commentary team for
Pentangular Cup being shown on Geo Super before his disease. The deceased left behind a widow, two sons and a daughter.

As a Commentator:

In mid 90s Taslim Arif started doing Urdu commentary on PTV. I always found his style and use of language very enjoyable. Once him and Saleem Altaf were doing commentary. Both were in a lively mood and then during live commentary they suddenly started addressing eachother with their full names. For example when a batsman would play a shot then Saleem Altaf would ask Taslim Arif:

Taslim Arif Abbassi, ye kaisa shot tha?”

To this Taslim Arif would jovially reply:

Salim Altaf Bukhari, ye ek acha shot tha”

While his cricket knowledge was very good, he sometimes tried to use impressive words in Urdu commentary. As a result he made funny mistakes too. Once I was watching this live match on PTV where Javed Miandad and Salim Malik were involved in a very big partnership and Taslim Arif was the Urdu commentator. Instead of using the word ‘rafaaqat’, Taslim spoke following sentence by mistake:

“javed aur Salim ki raqaabat mein ab tak 150 runs bun chukay haiN…”

Those were the good memories I had about Taslim Arif until a friend of mine forwarded me an email about his demise few minutes ago. I am saddened. May God rest the deceased soul in peace. Taslim Arif’s complete Career Record can be seen here

lai hayaat aaye le chali qaza chalay
na apni khushi aaye na apni khushi chalay

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23 responses to “Cricketer Taslim Arif (1954-2008) Passes Away”

  1. Tasleem Arif was my Uncle and i want to see his batting videos so i can play like him he was a legend.If anyone has videos of him kindly contact me at

  2. Tasleem Arif is not with us for a while.We will meet again.This is a true break.He is a good friend.He is a friend of everybody.In the circle of his friends besides the cricketers Hockey players Squash players athleets TV and FILM STARS Singers Social Workers Poets Writers Painters Molvies Docters Businessmens Wadairay Army Officers Millioners and Baggers as wel. He was born to make friends.He was the man of love.His huminty is his pride and his fame is his identity.Tasleem arif belong to a noble family.His mother was good Poet and his uncle Raees Ahmed Jafri is a renouns Urdu Scholer.Tasleem always pride on his family background and therefore he dose not compromis on the noble cause.May be he made some mistakes in his prime days which was became the reson to stop his lightning career.But i think his main mistake was his boldness
    ‘ Wo zahr-e-halal ko kabhi keh na saka qand’
    in the result of that God gave him the fame like a player who played 100 test matches.His Six test matches are equal the hundred test matches.We hope to see his son Ainan arif as a great Pakistai Cricketer.At the moment our relations has a break.Let see when we will meet again

  3. Muhammad Shariq says:

    Great words for one of the greatest wicketkeeper batsman this country has ever seen!!!!!!

    It would be really nice if we can share his pics/ videos here…

    My email is ibacompre [at] hotmail [dot] com.

    If you have any of his pics in your record, kindly email these to me.

  4. Owais Mughal says:

    Taslim Arif’s ex employers ‘National Bank’ have announced Rs 1.2 million for his family as well as jobs for his two sons.

  5. Yasir Hasan says:

    @Allah Wasaya
    Yeah cricinfo reported it, but not on the main page. he deserved to be on main page

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