Sheikh Fazal-ur-Rehman – Solitary Test Player of 1950’s
Who was SF Rehman? Did he play in any Test matches for Pakistan? Sheikh Fazal-ur-Rehman was also known simply as SF Rehman. In his playing days, he 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 inning. Hence, the West Indies went on to win comfortably by eight wickets. In the first inning, 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 the Pakistan Eaglets.
His record in 29 matches at this level was 722 runs with an average of 19.00, the highest 104, one 100, five 50s, and 16 catches. In the bowling department, he claimed 96 wickets with an average of 21.32, a best of 6-21, five-wicket innings six times, and 10 wickets a match 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 at Islamia College Lahore, and after that, he had a Masters degree in Arabic. So, he turned into a religious scholar who has had many papers and books published on the subject of Islam.