BiographyTall and robust, but jovial and authoritative, Shakoor was born in the city of Amritsar in eastern Punjab. He made his first-class debut for Punjab as a medium-pace bowler and right-handed batsman in 1957, and later played for Lahore, Khairpur and Pakistan Railways, for whom he worked as a sports officer until his retirement. However, it was not his prowess as a cricketer that got him into the limelight, but his row with the England captain during the series in Pakistan, which nearly resulted in the tour being called off.
FamilyRana was a genial and popular character who came from a famous sporting family.He is survived by his wife and sons.His brothers Shafqat Rana and Azmat Rana both represented Pakistan in Tests and a third brother, Sultan Rana, became a cricket administrator and junior national selector. His two sons - Maqsood and Mansoor - also played first-class cricket. Moammar Rana, his nephew, is now a matinée idol of the Pakistani screen.
CareerRana himself played first-class cricket as a right-hand bat and right-arm medium-fast bowler, but his career was more stop than start and in 12 seasons he made only 11 appearances. In first-class cricket Shakoor took 12 wickets at an average of 36.41, scored 226 runs at an average of 12.58 and took 11 catches. Shakoor made his Test debut as an umpire against the West Indies in Lahore in 1974. He stood in 18 Tests and 22 one-day games. After the 1987 row with Gatting, he was not given another Test until 1991 and officiated in his last Test against New Zealand at Lahore in 1997.
Pakistani UmpireShakoor was as an umpire he made his name. His debut was against the West Indies at his home town of Lahore in 1974-75 and his last Test was against New Zealand team on the same ground in 1996-97. He was a competent umpire, upright and bold in his decision making, but prone to bouts of self-importance. Before the Gatting incident, he had almost come to blows with Jeremy Coney, New Zealand's captain, over disputed decisions. But those were rare blemishes against a decent man. It is just a shame that they are what he will generally be remembered for.
Mike GattingRana's colourful exchange of views with Gatting, which included finger-wagging and abusive language, has become one of the best-known images of modern sport. Taken one murky afternoon in November 1987 by Graham Morris, the cricket photographer, it has been used time and again all over the world, and it brought Rana fame of a kind.The immediate consequence of the row meant that Rana would not continue standing in the match, the second game of a three-Test series, until Gatting apologised, which he duly did in writing when it became clear that the game would otherwise be abandoned.
County Cricket BoardThe Test and County Cricket Board, who ran English cricket at the time, later gave the players a "hardship payment" of £1,000 for the privations of a difficult tour but Gatting was obliged to pay a higher price.The following summer, after revelations in a tabloid newspaper about his conduct during a Test against the West Indies at Trent Bridge, he was stripped of the captaincy.So far as the original incident was concerned, Gatting was less guilty than Rana, who accused him of moving a fielder, David Capel, from deep square leg behind the back of Salim Malik, the batsman. Gatting had in fact notified Malik but, on that tour, which was riven by argument and officiated by some notably poor umpires, the explosion came.
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