|Player:||SA Durani, Abdul Aziz, Hanif Mohammad|
DateLine: 13th August 2016
Mumbai, Aug. 12 : A cricket-related monument will be built on Hanif Mohammad's grave. This was revealed by his son and the former selector Shoaib Mohammad.
The 81-year-old first little master of Pakistan, Hanif Mohammad, who was suffering from liver-cancer, died due to a heavy chest infection on Thursday.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Karachi, he said, "we are now going (at the hospital) to bring the dead-body home for shower and final Friday prayers. It will be buried next to my son Ayan's grave at the junction of Tariq Road graveyard".
Hanif Mohammad was very close to his grandson, who at the age of 9, died due to brain tumor.
"There has been no plan to keep the bat with his body in the grave, but we will certainly construct a cricket-related monument on the top of his grave".
"Crows and peacocks are crying. My dad used to feed them everyday in the morning. I would say these birds were waiting to be fed by my dad with his hands".
"My father was a great fan of India's TV serial CID. Whenever I used to visit his room, he was found busy watching CID".
"My dad was fond of using Pakistan blazer having a star-logo while being interviwed on TV. Gardening was his passion".
Prime Minister call
The Prime Minister of Pakistan spoke to me for about 4-5 minutes yesterday and he tried to console the family.
Durani's dad coached him
Interestingly, Hanif Mohammad was coached by the father of India's ex-left-handed batsman and slow left-arm bowler Salim Durani.
"My father Aziz Durani coached Hanif Mohammad and me", Salim Durani, 81, says from Jamnagar. [Aziz Durani was lovingly called "Master Aziz" by those he coached in Karachi - Ed]
"Hanif Mohammad was born in Junagadh and after India's partition, my dad moved to Karachi, where he coached him".
"I had an occasion to meet Hanif Mohammad twice, once during his trip to this country and secondly while we both played league cricket in England".
"He was talented opening batsman".
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