BIPIN DANI

MUMBAI - Former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam is now Doctor Intikhab Alam. The man, who turned 74 on Monday, was awarded a Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Law) by the Lancaster University earlier this month.

Speaking from London, where his son also lives, Alam says: "An invitation from the Lancaster University was received some 12 months ago and I was extremely happy and honoured.” Apparently Intikhab is the second Pakistani cricket captain being recognised by the University in United Kingdom.

"Imran Khan was similarly conferred the Doctorate Degree in Pakistan,” Alam, who captained Pakistan in 17 Test matches, said. Alam is one of the most respected men in Pakistan cricket. Whenever the crisis for appointing the coach/manager is there, Intikhab is every ready to wear the hat. He is the only Double World Cup winning coach. In 1992, he was the coach of the national team when Imran Khan had won the world cup in Australia. In 2009, he was the manager of the national team when Younus Khan won the World Twenty20.

"I am happy to be known as a Man of Crisis. Feeling fit as ever,” he said on his 74th birthday. Intikhab was born in Hoshiarpur in India (pre-partition days) before his family migrated to Pakistan.

From London, he is scheduled to return to Pakistan on January 1. He may be the manager for team's New Zealand tour early next month.