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Ace cricketer Haider Ali passes away at 80 in Prayagraj | Allahabad News 5/5 (1)

PRAYAGRAJ: Ace cricketer Haider Ali passed away at the age of 80 on Saturday at his ancestral home in the Sangam city.
Ali's health was not keeping well for a couple of months and he was taken to the hospital at around 11am where he died after some time.

One of the finest cricketers Allahabad has produced, Ali had a long cricketing career spanning over 25 years between 1963-1988.
He captained the Indian Railways team in the Ranji Trophy for many years and also played for the Central Zone in the Duleep Trophy.
Best known for his left-arm orthodox spin bowling, Haider Ali was also an accomplished left arm batsman. He was unlucky not to have played for India.
In his later years, Haider mentored many promising young cricketers of Allahabad, including Jawed Khan (who played Ranji Trophy) and Devesh Mishra (current coach of Allahabad University).
He was also a selector of India under 19 cricket team for several years, informed former cricket players from the city and present dean of research and development of Allahabad University, professor SI Rizvi.
His elder son Syed Sher Ali is currently in Singapore while younger one, Raza Ali has played Ranji Trophy for Himachal and Railways.
Several cricketers have condoled his death.
"It’s a huge loss for the sporting fraternity as veterans like Ali keep inspiring the young generations and him being there among the budding players was extremely beneficial and irreparable damage," said senior public relation officer of North Central Railways and joint secretary of NCR sports association, Amit Malviya.

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