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Greats praise former Pak keeper Bari

Cricket greats heaped praise on former Pakistani captain and wicketpeeker Wasim Bari on his testimonial match on Friday.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2003 15:40 IST

Cricket greats heaped praise on former Pakistani captain and wicketpeeker Wasim Bari on his testimonial match here Friday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced that the first one-day international between Pakistan and South Africa played here on Friday will be a testimonial match for Bari in acknowledgement of his services to the game.

Bari, 55, played for Pakistan in 81 Tests and claimed 228 victims behind the stumps during his illustrious career between 1967 to 1984. He also captained the Pakistani side briefly.

"Bari was the best wicketkeeper in the world. I have never had any reason to change my mind about that," former West Indian great Viv Richards said.

"From the pace of Imran Khan to the mysterious spin of Mushtaq Mohammad, Intikhab Alam and Abdul Qadir he was equally good," Richards said in a message.

Bari was the first wicketkeeper in Test cricket to claim a world record of seven catches in an innings against New Zealand at Auckland in 1978-79.

Former England wicketkeeper Bob Taylor, one of two keepers who later equalled Baris world record, said in his message that Bari proved himself a world class player.

"There is only one way a keeper can prove himself and that is when he is standing up to the stumps against spin bowlers and Bari proved himself," said Taylor.

First Published: Oct 03, 2003 15:06 IST