Pioneer of Pakistan`s Urdu cricket commentary Muneer Hussain dies

Islamabad: Muneer Hussain, the man credited with pioneering Urdu language cricket commentary and Pakistan`s most famous cricket voice, has died after a prolonged illness.

The 84-year-old became a national legend for millions of Pakistanis through his more than three decades of delivering commentary in Urdu, allowing those less versed in English to gain a greater understanding of cricket.

He was a widely travelled commentator, doing stints in the World Cups between 1975 and 2003 as well as travelling to all, the major cricket playing nations and edited an Urdu language monthly cricket magazine, the report said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board and leading players sent tributes following Hussain`s death, describing his passing as `a hard to fill void,` and Najam Sethi, the PCB`s acting chairman expressed that he was an informed, easygoing and affable personality whose death will be widely mourned by the journalist community as well as the cricketing fraternity across the country, the report added.