Commentator and diplomat Jamsheed Marker dies at 95

Iconic Pakistani radio commentator Jamsheed Marker died in Karachi on Thursday. Marker, 95, was one half of a well-known commentary duo within the 1950s and 60s, partnering Omar Qureshi to offer English-language cricket commentary to followers throughout the nation who, at the time, had treasured little entry to the sport.

Marker was born in 1922 to a Parsi household and went on to attend Forman Christian Faculty in Lahore. He was from a affluent household, along with his household connections probably enjoying a component in him being provided to pair up with Qureshi for Radio Pakistan. Initially sceptical about accepting the provide, he was mentioned to have been persuaded by Qureshi, the pair occurring to grow to be the voice of Pakistani cricket.

Marker is globally celebrated as one in all Pakistan’s most well-known diplomats, having served as under-secretary-general at the United Nations, and later as a particular advisor to former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. Amongst his profession highlights is the important thing function he performed within the independence of East Timor. He’s believed to have had extra postings than every other ambassador.

In his later years, his connection to the sport weakened, and in one in all his final interviews final yr he mentioned he didn’t comply with the game anymore. Certainly one of cricket’s nice traditionalists – and, it might be argued, elitists – he mentioned, “I’ve been upset, I need to say, [with how the game has evolved]. Within the outdated basic days, the gamers went on to the sphere like white sparrows, not dressed like clowns.”