Player: (Pakistan 1964-1982)
Majid Khan has been involved with cricket as player and administrator for over 45 years. Majid is the son of Jahangir Khan and when his son Bazid made his Pakistan debut in 2005 the Khans became the second family, after the Headleys, to have three generations of Test cricketers.
Starting his career as a pace bowler, Majid made his name as an elegant batsman and successful opening partner to Sadiq Mohammad in the Pakistan Test side. He made his Test debut aged just 18 against Australia in 1964 and went on to play 63 times for Pakistan, scoring eight centuries. His greatest series came against the formidable West Indian attack of Andy Roberts, Joel Garner and Colin Croft in 1977 when he scored 530 runs in five Tests.
Although part of a great Pakistani cricketing dynasty – his cousins Imran Khan and Javed Burki, like Majid, also captained their country – Majid represented clubs all over the world. In England he played for Cambridge University and Glamorgan, and in Australia represented Queensland, as well as turning out for Lahore, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi and Punjab in his home country.
On Pakistan’s 1967 tour of England Majid hit Glamorgan bowler Roger Davis for five sixes in an over, in a total of 147 not out – which included 13 sixes in all – a performance which persuaded the county to sign him as the overseas player for eight seasons from 1968. In 1972 he won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the season’s fastest century which he scored in 70 minutes for Glamorgan against Warwickshire. He captained the Welsh county between 1973 and 1976, and scored 21 first-class centuries.
After he retired from cricket Majid became an administrator for both the ICC and Pakistan, and worked as Pakistan’s Chief Selector in 1993.
He was an ICC Match Referee during the 1995 series between Australia and West Indies which confirmed Australia’s place as the leading cricketing nation. Majid was also the Chief Executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 1996 to 1999.