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Jahangir Khan - Cricketer and Administrator

Dr Mohammad Jahangir Khan (pronunciation: [Jahangir Khan]) was an international cricketer who played for India during British rule. Born on 1 February 1910 in Basti Ghuzan, Jalandhar, Punjab, British India, he passed away on 23 July 1988 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, at the age of 78. He batted right-handed and bowled right-arm fast medium.

Cricket Career

Dr Jahangir Khan hailed from a Pashtun family famous in cricket, producing three Pakistan captains: Imran Khan, Javed Burki, and Majid Khan (Jahangir Khan's son). Majid's son Bazid Khan also represented Pakistan, making the family the second, after the Headleys, to have three consecutive generations of Test cricketers.

Jahangir scored 108 on his first-class debut and took seven wickets in the second innings of the match. He represented India in her first-ever Test against England at Lord's in 1932. After the tour, he stayed back in England, earned a doctorate from Cambridge University, and passed the final Bar from Middle Temple. He was a Cambridge blue in cricket for four years and made two appearances in Gentlemen v Players matches.

When India toured England in 1936, Jahangir joined the team and appeared in all three Tests. His best bowling during his time at Cambridge was a 7 for 58 against the champion county Yorkshire. Back in India, he played in the Bombay Pentangular in 1939. Jahangir was to captain India on a tour of Ceylon in 1940–41 that was canceled due to the war.

Selector and Later Years

Jahangir served as a selector between 1939–40 and 1941–42. After moving to Pakistan after 1947, he served as a selector in Pakistan and managed the team that toured India in 1960–1961. He was a college principal and then served as the Director of Education in Pakistan before retiring. In his younger days, he was also a champion javelin thrower of India.


Dr Jahangir Khan passed away on 23 July 1988, being the last survivor from the team that played for India in his first Test. He was buried in his hometown.

The Lord's Sparrow

Khan played cricket for Cambridge University, and during a match at Lord's Cricket Ground on 26 July 1936 against the M.C.C., he bowled a delivery to Tom Pearce that struck and killed a sparrow while in mid-flight. The sparrow, mounted on a plinth with the ball that killed it, is now on display at the M.C.C. museum.