Who was SF Rehman? Did he play any in any Test matches for Pakistan? Sheikh Fazal-ur-Rehman was also known simply as SF Rehman. In his playing days, was a right-arm leg-break bowler who played a solitary Test match for Pakistan, on the 1957-58 tour of the West Indies? For a team hit by several injury problems, Fazal-ur-Rehman was flown in as reinforcement and got into the line-up for the fourth Test at Georgetown of the five-match series.
The two other spinners in the Pakistan eleven were slow left-arm Nasim-ul-Ghani and off-spinner Haseeb Ahsan. Batting at number nine in either inning, the 22-year-old Rehman scored 8 and 2 and had bowling figures of 17-1-56-0 and 17-2-43-1 in the two Innings. Hence, the West Indies went on to win comfortably by eight wickets. In the first innings, Rehman helped Nasim-ul-Ghani dismiss the great West ED Weekes (41) through a catch in the field.
In the second, he bowled her CC Hunte (114) to claim only his bowling victim in a Test match. He was born in Amritsar on June 11, 1935. Sheikh Fazal-ur-Rehman played first-class cricket from 1951-52 to 1961-62 for Punjab University, Combined Universities, Punjab, Lahore, and Pakistan Eaglets.
His record in 29 matches at this level was: 722 runs with an average of 19.00, highest 104, one 100, and five 50s, 16 catches. In the bowling department, he claimed 96 wickets with an average of 21.32, best 6-21, five-wicket innings 6 times, 10 wickets a match is just once.
Rehman also toured England in 1957 and Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Singapore and Malaya (Malaysia) in 1960-61 with the Pakistan Eaglets team. His elder brother SA Rehman and nephew Javed-ur-Rehman also played first-class cricket. He had been a prosperous hardware businessman in Lahore for years.
Rehman was educated from Islamia College Lahore and after that; he had gotten a Masters’s degree in Arabic. So, he turned into a religious scholar who has had many papers and books published on the subject of Islam.