Syed Iftikhar Bokhari

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Syed Iftikhar Bokhari
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
In office
March 1988 – March 1991
Personal details
Born(1935-07-06)6 July 1935
Lahore, British India
Died10 November 2021(2021-11-10) (aged 86)
RelativesSyed Zulfiqar Bokhari (brother)
Jugnu Mohsin (niece)[1]
Cricket information
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
1957Cambridge University
1958–59 to 1964–65Lahore
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 19
Runs scored 959
Batting average 36.88
100s/50s 3/3
Top score 203 not out
Balls bowled 44
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 4/–
Source: CricketArchive, 2 April 2015

Syed Iftikhar Ali Bokhari (6 July 1935 – 10 November 2021),[2] also known as IA Bokhari, was a Pakistani politician and cricketer. He was a member of the Senate of Pakistan between March 1988 and March 1991.

He played first-class cricket from 1952 to 1966.

Early life and education[edit]

Bokhari was born on 6 July 1935 in Lahore, British India, to the Syed family of Jhang.[3] He received his early education from Aitchison College.[3] He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Cambridge.[3]

Political career[edit]

He was elected to the Senate of Pakistan in 1985.[3] He served between March 1988 and March 1991.[3][4]

Cricket career[edit]

Bokhari made his first-class debut in 1951–52 at the age of 16, opening the batting for the Punjab Governor's XI against Punjab University. As "I.A. Bokhari", he spent a year at King's School, Ely, where he scored 453 runs and took 19 wickets in 1953.[5] He went up to Cambridge University later that year. He appeared in the freshmen's match in 1954 alongside his compatriot Shaharyar Khan,[6] but neither was selected for the university team. He played for Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship in 1956, scoring 649 runs in seven matches at an average of 72.11, and won the competition's batting award.[7] He eventually played one match for Cambridge University, the first match of 1957, but without success.[8]

Returning to Pakistan, Bokhari played two matches as an opening batsman for Punjab in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 1957–58, and two for Lahore in 1958–59, with a top score of 27.[9] He was in outstanding form for Lahore in the inaugural season of the Ayub Trophy in 1960–61. In the first match he became the first player to score a double century in the Ayub Trophy when he scored 203 not out against Punjab University; in the semi-final he made 0 and 100 not out against Rawalpindi and Peshawar; in the final he made 50 (Lahore's top score) and 4 not out, to finish the competition as the leading batsman with 357 runs at 178.50.[10]

Bokhari scored his last first-class century in the first match of the 1961–62 season, when he made 106 against Multan.[11] He played one match for Sargodha, captaining them in the Ayub Trophy in 1964–65, when he top-scored in both innings in a low-scoring match with 17 and 45 against Combined Services.[12]


  1. ^ "Punjab Assembly – Members – Members' Directory".
  2. ^ Senate Passes Condolence Resolution To Express Grief Over Demise Of Former Senator
  3. ^ a b c d e "Senate of Pakistan".
  4. ^ "Biradari split paves the way for weak hopefuls". Dawn. Pakistan. 7 December 2007.
  5. ^ Wisden 1954, p. 754.
  6. ^ "M.H. Bushby's XI v D.R.W. Silk's XI 1954". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ Wisden 1957, p. 682.
  8. ^ "Cambridge University v Surrey 1957". Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Iftikhar Bukhari batting by season". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Ayub Trophy 1960–61". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Lahore A v Multan 1961–62". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Sargodha v Combined Services 1964–65". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 April 2015.

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