“When Shaukat turned up, the two were in bed. In haste, Nazar jumped out of the balcony and fractured his arm on landing, ending not only their romance but also a promising career in cricket.

Nazar Mohammad

Fazal Mahmood was one of the big starry names at the club though he eventually moved to Universal, and Nazar Mohammad—Pakistan’s first Test centurion and father of an equally stodgy opener Mudassar—was another. Nazar senior, it is widely claimed, was involved in a suitably glamorous fling with Nur Jehan, Pakistan’s most acclaimed female voice—with a famously wandering eye—and a successful actress.

Nazar wasn’t a bad singer himself, and was quite the dasher; the affair, it is said, began when he met Nur Jehan while visiting a film set to meet his elder brother Feroz Nizami, a renowned music director.

It ended badly. Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, Nur Jehan’s husband and renowned film director, had her followed one afternoon to where he suspected she was meeting Nazar. When Shaukat turned up, the two were in bed. In haste, Nazar jumped out of the balcony and fractured his arm on landing, ending not only their romance but also a promising career in cricket.

(This is an excerpt from the book ‘The Unquiet Ones : A History of Pakistan Cricket’ by Osman Samiuddin)