Cricket is a sport that runs in the blood of many Pakistani families. Over the years, there have been many families who have produced multiple cricketers who have represented Pakistan on the international stage. In this article, we will look at the top 10 Pakistani cricketers who are related.
1. Riaz Afridi And Shaheen Shah Afridi
Riaz Afridi shot to fame during Pakistan U-19s successful World Cup Campaign in 2004. As Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets, he was instrumental in their ultimate triumph. The stage was set for his inclusion into the senior squad. He made his debut against Sri Lanka and bagged two wickets. Sadly, it was his solitary international appearance as questions were raised about his bowling action. Riaz also introduced his younger brother, Shaheen Shah Afridi, to cricket during the under-16 trials in 2015. Shaheen showed quick success and grew on to become a part of the U-19 and, ultimately, the senior team. He has been in the limelight for quite some time and is a lethal part of the squad.
2. Ramiz Raja And Wasim Raja
Ramiz Raja has been a key figure in Pakistan cricket since he was in his teens. He has emerged as a rare man of integrity and dignity both on and off the field. He played primarily as an opening batter. His style was solid and elegant. He also went on to captain Pakistan late in his career. Ramiz’s elder brother, Wasim Raja, was known primarily as a middle-order left-handed batter. Wasim also bowled flat wrist spin and scalped a few big wickets during his career.
3. Saeed Ahmed And Younis Ahmed
Saeed Ahmed is a former Pakistani middle-order right-handed batter. He appeared in 41 test matches between 1958 and 1972. He was known for his powerful drives. Saeed made his Test debut on 17 January 1958 against the West Indies at Bridgetown. He finished this series with 508 runs! He also went on to captain the side for a three-match series in 1968. However, his career had a controversial ending when he declared himself unfit due to what he claimed was a back injury. Younis Ahmed was the younger brother of Saeed Ahmed, who played for Pakistan between 1958 and 1973. Primarily a middle-order batsman, he played only 4 Test Matches and 2 ODIs before being banned by the PCB for participating in a tour to apartheid South Africa. The ban was lifted in 1979, but he did not return to international cricket.
4. Umar Akmal And Kamran Akmal
Umar Akmal is a Pakistani cricketer who played for Pakistan national cricket team between 2009 and 2019. He was banned by the PCB for eighteen months for not disclosing offers related to spot fixing until August 2021. He is an aggressive-style cricketer. Umar’s elder brother, Kamran Akmal, played for Pakistan as a right-handed batman & wicketkeeper. He started his international career in November 2002. In February 2023, he retired from all forms of cricket to focus on cricket administration and coaching.
5. Umar Akmal And Adnan Akmal
Adnan Akmal is the younger brother of Umar Akmal. He is a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper. He has represented the country at the U-17 level and was also called up for the nation’s tour against South Africa as a replacement wicketkeeper, where he made his debut.
6. Pervez Sajjad And Waqar Hassan
Pervez Sajjad Hasan played in 19 Tests from 1964 to 1973. He played as a cunning left-arm leg spinner, and was sensational even on unhelpful tracks. Thrice, he took five wickets in an inning, always against New Zealand. Waqar Hassan was one of Pervez’s seven brothers. He played in 21 Test matches from 1952 to 1959 and was the last surviving member of Pakistan's inaugural Test squad.
7. Azmat Rana And Shafqat Rana
Shafqat Rana played in five Tests from 1964 to 1969. He was a right-handed batsman. He used to hit solid drives and cuts. He made his highest Test score of 95 in the Second Test against New Zealand in 1969, which was also Pakistan's highest score in the three-Test series. He also toured Australia and New Zealand in 1964-65. Shafqat’s brother Azmat Rana played only one test and two ODIs for the nation.
8. Moin Khan And Nadeem Khan
Muhammad Moin Khan was a wicketkeeper batsman who played for Pakistan from 1990 to 2004. He also got the chance to captain the Pakistani side. He debuted against the West Indies and was known for his exceptional fielding. He took over 100 catches in test cricket and over 200 in ODI cricket. Mohammad Nadeem Khan, Moin’s elder brother, also played for the national side. However, he featured only in 2 tests and 2 ODIs from 1993 to 1999. His controversial run-out of Sachin Tendulkar is quite famous.
9. Humayun Farhat And Imran Farhat
Imran Farhat played for Pakistan national cricket team between 2001 and 2013. He usually played as an opener. He announced his retirement from cricket in January 2021. Imran’s brother Humayun Farhat also played for Pakistan as a wicketkeeper. He played his sole test match and five ODIs in 2001. He holds an unwanted record of being the only test wicketkeeper not to record even a single dismissal.
10. Majid Khan And Bazid Khan
Majid Jahangir Khan, also known as "Majestic Khan", is a former cricketer, batsman, and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He was considered one of the best batters of his time, averaging over 50 in Test matches and World Cups. Majid’s son, Bazid Khan, also got to shine for Pakistan in a triangular tournament. He possessed an orthodox technique in batting and a calm temperament.