Majid Khan was amongst the first batch of overseas Test stars to make a name for themselves himself in county cricket. During nine seasons with Glamorgan between 1968 and 1976, the graceful Pakistani scored over 9,000 runs and recorded 21 first-class centuries, besides leading the county from 1973.
Majid had played for Lahore since 1961/62 and made his Test debut against Australia during 1964/65. He toured England with the 1967 Pakistani`s and during the match against Glamorgan at Swansea, the elegant right-hander blasted 147 in just 89 minutes, besides hitting Roger Davis for five sixes in one over. Wilf Wooller had been a close friend of Majid`s father when Dr. Jahangir Khan had been up at Cambridge, so the Glamorgan secretary was delighted when the dashing strokemaker agreed to join the Welsh county.
He passed a thousand runs during his first season with Glamorgan in 1968, and showed a priceless ability to bat on the most difficult of wickets. Indeed, Majid needed all of his skill in the games at Glamorgan`s new ground at Sophia Gardens, where there were a few problems with the newly lain wicket and many consider that his finest innings was the masterful 156 against Worcestershire in 1969 as the Welsh county clinched the County title.
During the autumn of 1969 Majid went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he won three Blues from 1970 until 1972 besides leading Cambridge to victory during the 1972 Varsity match. That summer he also won the Lawrence Trophy for making a century in 70 minutes against Warwickshire, whilst during the 1975 Sunday League match with Northamptonshire at Wellingborough School, Majid hit 50 off just 22 balls.
Sadly, Majid lost form in 1976 and he quit the county scene midway through the season. He continued to play Test cricket, before retiring at the end of the 1982/83 series. Majid subsequently worked in broadcasting and became Controller of Sport for Pakistan Television, in addition to serving for a while as Chief Executive of the Pakistani Cricket Board.
MAJID Jahangir Khan
Born – Ludhiana, India, 28th September, 1946.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 204 v Surrey at The Oval, 1972; 4/48 v Hampshire at Portsmouth, 1972.
In List A cricket – 97* v Gloucestershire at Bristol, 1975; 5/24 v Northamptonshire at Northampton, 1969.