Hanif Mohammad, cricket’s first ‘Little Master’ turned 80 on Sunday with the celebrations due to last for a few days.
“God is great,” the former Pakistan captain said. “The cricket lovers, family, loved ones all over the world are praying for my health and long-life.
“How can I miss another 20 years when God is with me?”
“We have started the birthday celebrations last night when my dad cut the cake and kissed my mother (Shamshad Begam) whom he loves so much,” told his married daughter Seema Syed, who lives in London but has travelled to Karachi to grace the occasion. “My dad’s eldest brother (Wazir Mohammad) is arriving on 23rd and Shahzeb (the younger son) will be coming here (Karachi) on Monday.
“A few members of the Pakistani team and next generation cricketers from family are scheduled to attend the party”.
“Though it was his birthday today, we have planned a party on 23 December as more family members get together.
“My dad is very happy with all of us coming but he gets sad at every occasion as he remembers his grand son who died last year due to brain tumour,” she added.
Aayan, the youngest son of Hanif’s elder son Shoaib Mohammad was six years old when he was diagnosed with an inoperable tumour (a form of cancer — diffuse pontine glioma) in his brain and didn’t survive for long.
Sadly, Hanif himself had to undergo cancer-related surgery in London last year and has been recovering since then.
“My dad had some knee problems but knee surgery is ruled out for the time being,” Seema continued. “I am sure my dad will try his best to play a very good innings, break all the records, slowly and steadily. He is a fighter and is determined to play his best.”
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