Shakoor Rana

Shakoor Rana

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Shakoor Rana (April 3, 1936 – April 9, 2001) was a Pakistani cricketer and umpire

Playing career

Shakoor Rana did not have a particularly distinguished playing career, making only 11 first class appearances and accumulating just 226 runs and 12 wickets. He was overshadowed by his brothers Shafqat Rana and Azmat Rana who both represented Pakistan at test level.

Umpiring career

Shakoor Rana became much more notable for his umpiring than his playing career. He made his international debut as an umpire in 1974 at Lahore, the city that had become his hometown. The match was between Pakistan and the West Indies. His career continued until his last match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 1996 also at Lahore. He stood in 18 test matches and 22 One Day International.

Gatting controversy

In one of the most controversial incidents in cricketing history, Shakoor Rana notably came face-to-face with Mike Gatting in the finger-wagging incident that stopped the Faislabad test in 1987. The image of the English cricket captain and an international umpire shouting at each other with fingers waved in the other's face was a shocking one for the image of the game.

The incident in question occurred on the second day of the test as Gatting was controversially accused by Rana of making an alteration to the fielding positions as Eddie Hemmings ran in to bowl. Rana stopped the game and accused Gatting of cheating. Rana had already upset the English by wearing a Pakistan...
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