Taslim Arif

Taslim Arif

Taslim Arif

Taslim Arif, widely known as Taslim Arif Abbasi, was a Cricket player from Pakistan who played a lot of matches. He always struggled to do his best. His career’s extraordinary feature was his record in test batting. He made five-hundred, and one runs at 62.62, placing him 6th on an all-time-list with a five hundred run cut-off.

Moreover, he played in two ODIs and six test matches in 1980. He passed away on March 14, 2008, due to pain in the chest. This article has all the information about him, including Taslim Arif Biography.

Name:Taslim Arif
Full Name:Taslim Arif Abbasi
In Urdu:تسلیم عارف
Famous As:Crickter
Profession:Pakistani Cricekter
Batting:Right Hand
Bowling:Right-arm Medium
National Side:Pakistan
Role:Wicket Keeper
Test Debut:29th Jan 1980 v India
Date:1st May 1954
Place:PIB Colony, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Children:2 son and 1 daughter
Relatives:Waseem Arif and Mohammad Ali (Nephews)
Date:14th March 2008
Rest Place:Karachi

Taslim Arif Biography

Taslim Arif Biography

Taslim was a maestro wicket-keeper and batsman who was a kind, cheerful, and easy-going person and his co-players used to enjoy his company. His case was exemplary that gave countless restless nights to selectors over the decades.

He was a quality-opening batsman, frequently flipping between the 1st and 5th gears: and had the potential, which is getting harder to find with every day passing in the twenty-first century, of beating the opponents down and make exhausted bowlers happy, he could be on a reckless mood if needed. With the larger gloves, Arif was more tidy than brilliant.

Taslim Date of Birth

He was born on May 1, 1954, in Karachi.

Taslim Arif Family

He has two sons Elder son Imran Arif residing in London and doing the job of an educational counsellor. Younger son Ainaan Arif is a cricketer and plays for NBP (National Bank of Pakistan), and his daughter Maaria Arif is living in the United States of America.

Cricket Career

Test Debut

Initially, he made his Test debut as a batsman, earning ninety and forty-six during his 1st match against Indian team in 1980.

Splendid Record

He continued to play five other Test matches as a wicket-keeper. At the same time, the most remarkable achievement of his cricket career was his spectacular two-hundred and ten scores, not out against Australia in FSD.

It was the highest score at that time by a wicket-keeper in Test matches until the Sri Lankan player Kumar Sangakkara broke this record.


He continued to play actively for NBP and finally retired in 1988. After retirement he remained engaged in the game, serving as a batting coach for NBP, and for his birthplace Karachi, he served as a selector.

Other Contributions

He also managed to run a training centre with Tauseef Ahmad, a former test spinner. He was a prominent commentator for International and domestic matches for local TV and radio.

Taslim Arif Record

In 1978, performing for the ‘National Bank’ against Punjab in Lhr, before he played his 1st International match, he became Pakistan’s 1st wicket-keeper to make ten dismissals in a 1st class match. In 1997 Waseem Yousoufi broke his record.


He died of pulmonary infection in Karachi in 2008. He buried in the graveyard of the Faisal Cantonment, Karachi.