LAHORE  – Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Sunday announced that the federal government would bear all expenses to be incurred on the medical treatment of ailing cricket legend Hanif Muhammad.

“We will leave no stone unturned for the treatment of Hanif Muhammad,” the prime minister said in a statement issued by the PM House.

He prayed for early recovery of the legendary cricketer, adding that Hanif Muhammad had provided remarkable services to Pakistani cricket and its promotion.

The 81-year-old was hospitalised early on Sunday due to complications from a recurring cancer disease.

Hanif represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, scoring 3,915 runs at an average of 43.98.

He still holds the record for highest score (337) in an innings by a Pakistani batsman, followed by Inzamamul Haq (329) and Younus Khan (313).

The veteran was also named as Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1968.