Taslim Arif: The Unlucky Pakistani Cricketer
Taslim Arif, a right-handed wicket-keeper, represented Pakistan in six Test matches and two One-day Internationals. He was immensely talented and could have played many more matches for Pakistan than those meagre 6 tests and 2 ODIs. But unfortunately he played in the same era as that of the great Pakistani wicket keeper Wasim Bari. Taslimm Arif's chance of luck came in the year 1980 when the national selectors chose to test a new face after growing frustrated with Wasim Bari's deteriorating form. During Pakistan's 1979–80 tour of India, Taslim replaced star batsman Zaheer Abbas in the test match at Kolkata. In the series, Pakistan had previously lost two tests, and Zaheer Abbas was in the most awful form of his cricketing career.