Hanif Mohammad undergoes surgical procedure for liver cancer

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Mohammad is said to be in good health and spirits after his operation

Legendary Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad is recovering in hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure for liver cancer.

According to his surgeon, Robert Hutchins, the cancer was caught in its early stages and had not spread anywhere else.

“It (the cancer) has been diagnosed at an early stage and it has not spread anywhere else,” Hutchins told AFP.

According to an article published in Dawn, the 78-year-old batting great was first diagnosed with liver cancer four weeks ago at a hospital in Karachi.

After being diagnosed, Mohammad travelled to London to seek a second opinion, which led to him going under the knife.

“I am feeling fine,” Mohammad told Dawn. “The surgeon has told me that it is just the start and it has not spread and that I have got to get it out.

“I would have loved to watch the Lord’s Ashes Test but it seems that I will not be able to because I am told that I will have to stay in the ICU and hospital for a week, and then will have to rest for a month.”

To this day, Mohammad still holds numerous world records in international cricket.

He still holds the record for the longest Test innings in history, as he scored 337 in 970 minutes against the West Indies in Barbados in 1957-58.

In the following year, Mohammad recorded the highest first-class score of 499 not out against Bahawalpur, but that record was taken over by West Indies legend Brian Lara in 1994 when he scored 501 runs while playing for Warwickshire in a match against Durham.

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