Asif Masood

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January 23, 1946
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Syed Asif Masood Shah (Urdu: آصف مسعود شاہ‎; born 23 January 1946) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 16 Test matches and 7 One Day Internationals from 1969 to 1977. He was educated at Islamia College Lahore His best Test was against England at Birmingham in 1971, when he took 5 for 111 and 4 for 49. This performance led to his selection for the Rest of the World team in Australia in 1971–72. He used to begin his run-up with a backward step before a loping approach to the wicket which John Arlott likened to "Groucho Marx chasing a pretty waitress". Retiring from cricket in 1977, after marrying in the UK, Asif Masood became a successful businessman, owning first a travel agency then a post office in Bury, Lancashire. He currently resides in Bury with his wife and four children.
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