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Former Pakistan cricket captain Hanif Mohammad, who was dubbed “Little Master” years before the sobriquet was given to India’s Sachin Tendulkar, has died at the age of 81, world cricket’s governing body said on Thursday.

Pakistani legend Hanif Mohammad, one of the famous four Mohammad brothers who played Test cricket for Pakistan, has died at Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi on Thursday. Hanif Mohammad (1934-2016) played 55 Tests, including Pakistan’s first. Hanif was born in Junagadh in the Indian state of Gujarat.

He and his four brothers moved to Pakistan after partition; four of the five brothers played Tests while Raees, the fifth, was a 12th man once. At least one of the Mohammad brothers played in Pakistan’s first 101 Tests. Hanif’s son Shoaib played 45 Tests and grandson Shehzar 30 first-class matches.

After retiring as an international cricketer, Hanif co-founded the magazine The Cricketer Pakistan in 1972, which he edited for two decades. Hanif’s triple-century against the West Indies was a legendary innings and unsurprisingly he was one of the original inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.