One of the greatest cricketers in Pakistani history, Alimuddin, has died in London at the age of 81.

The legendary opening batsman played 25 Test matches for Pakistan from 1954 to 1962, scoring 1091 runs. He also scored 7275 runs in 140 first-class games.

Born in Ajmer (in then British India) in 1930, Alimuddin was reportedly the youngest person ever to have participated in first-class cricket when he played for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy at the age of 12 .

“Alimuddin was my senior partner and I learnt a great deal from him,” former Pakistan captain, Hanif Muhammad, a close friend of Alim, told Pakistani media.

“It's [a] sad day for cricket because he served Pakistan with great deal of honor and dignity. We met last year at Lord’s, London and I enjoyed his company.”

After retiring from cricket, he moved to England to work for Pakistan International Airlines.