81-year-old HanifA� was diagnosed with lung cancer three years ago,A�has been hospitalised after a two-week-long struggle with breathing problems and congestion.
Reflecting on the news,A�Hanifa��s son, Shoaib Mohammad told mediaA�that his father undergoA�chemotherapy and surgery for his lung cancer in 2013 in London , which somehow helped in bringing the disease under control.
Shoaib, a former Test batsman of distinction himself,A� revealed that he had sent the latest biopsy to the doctor in London, who said thatA�chemotherapy was no longer an effective treatment for the cancer.
ShoaibA� said the latest and effective treatment are expensive and, therefore, heA�appealed to the government for assistance as his family will not be able to afford the expensive treatment and also would seek the A�sports funds for his father’s recovery.
Hanif represented PakistanA�between 1952-53 and 1969-70 and hit 12 Test hundreds inA� 55 Test appearances,A�scoring 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98.
Hanif’s magnificent moment of his career came when he scored A�The highest of his Test centuries. He made A�337 againstA�West IndiesA�in a six-day test at Bridgetown in 1957/58 where he stood on the crease for a record sixteen hours which remains the longest innings in the history of Pakistan.
The innings is still regarded as one of the epic knocks in cricket history.
It was also the only Test match that saw a triple century until it was equalled by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum against India in 2014.
Hanif was the Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968. In January 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame amongA�the inaugural batch of 55 inductees.