Where are they now?: Billy Ibadulla

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IF HISTORY repeats itself, Warwickshire will beat Worcestershire in Saturday's NatWest Trophy final, duplicating a five- wicket victory when the Midlands rivals met to decide the Gillette Cup of 1966.

The key moment then, arguably, was a brilliant bat-pad catch by Khalid Ibadulla to remove Tom Graveney, seventh out for 104, effectively ending Worcestershire's hopes of setting a substantial target.

A reliable all-rounder, 'Billy' Ibadulla helped Warwickshire win a second Gillette Cup two years later. His career ended in 1972, the county's last Championship season, when he became cricket master at St Dunstan's, Catford. 'It was a marvellous time to play for Warwickshire, as it must be now,' he said. 'There was such a friendly, family atmosphere.'

Although he made 166 against Australia on his Test debut for Pakistan, Ibadulla won only four caps. He became an outstanding coach in New Zealand, where the talents of Glenn Turner and the Kiwi captain, Ken Rutherford, are among those he has nurtured.

Apart from spending two English summers as a first-class umpire, he has lived in Dunedin for the last 18 of his 59 years. 'One of the reasons I came here was fishing. I am a keen trout angler and from where I live I can be fishing within 10 minutes.'

Married for 35 years, he met his German-born wife, Gertrude, in Birmingham. They have two daughters and a son, Kassem, who played for Gloucestershire in the 1980s.

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