LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan Federation Baseball (PFB) President Syed Khawar Shah passed away this morning at the age of 68.

In 1992 under Shaw’s leadership, the PFB was founded and baseball was officially born in Pakistan, allowing the country to compete at the international level while helping to grow the baseball world.

“This is a tremendous loss for our sport in Pakistan, Asia and worldwide,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “History will always remember President Shah’s important legacy and milestones in baseball.”

During Shah’s presidency, PFB launched annual men’s and women’s national championships, helping develop and identify players for Pakistan’s national teams, which have currently risen to 26th in the world in men’s baseball and 12th in women’s baseball.

In 2016, the Pakistan Women’s National Baseball Teat made a buzz debuting in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup, while the Pakistan men played in their first-ever World Baseball Classic Qualifier, where Shah’s son Syed Fakhar Ali was National Team manager.

With the many successes and achievements of Pakistan Baseball under President Shah, the Pakistan government announced last year it would support Pakistan Baseball both domestically and internationally.

In one of Shah’s last milestones in his storied career, last month he helped spearhead the launch of a new international baseball tournament in the Middle East, the Dubai Baseball Cup.