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Hameed is a superstar: Miandad

Pakistan coach Javed Miandad on Sunday said record equalling young batsman Yasir Hameed was a new superstar for the team.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2003 13:47 IST

Pakistan cricket coach Javed Miandad Sunday said record equalling young batsman Yasir Hameed was a new super star for Pakistan but it was beyond his imagination what he had achieved in his first test.

"Hameed is a super star for Pakistan and can play for a long time. He doesn't know what a unique record he has equalled," said Miandad, himself a renowned batsman who still holds the highest Test run aggregate for Pakistan.

Hameed, man of the match in Pakistan's seven wicket win over Bangladesh in Karachi, hit a century in each innings on his Test debut, a feat only achieved by West Indian Lawrence Rowe in Test cricket's 128-year history.

"He (Hameed) can play for long time and he showed responsibility when he scored the two centuries and helped us win the Test," said Miandad, also a former captain.

Hameed made a sparkling 170 and followed that up by a domineering 105 in the second innings to emulate Rowe's feat of 214 and 100 not out against New Zealand in his first Test at Kingston, Jamaica in 1971-72.

A down to earth Hameed said he was happy at recording a the feat.

"I am thankful to almighty Allah who blessed me with this record and more importantly I played a lead role in team's win," said 25-year-old Hameed.

Hameed said he hoped to provide Pakistan with a solution to their top order problems where even Miandad's newphew, Faisal Iqbal, has not performed.

"Number three is a pressure position but the more pressure I feel the more I do," said Hameed, 25, a consistent performer from the northwestern city of Peshawar.

He made a brilliant double hundred in the final of Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam trophy final in February this year.

That earned him a place in Pakistan's one-day squad for a three-way one-day tournament in Sri Lanka in May following exodus of senior players after Pakistan's World Cup debacle.

"I want to be a match winner for Pakistan and play for a long time."

First Published: Aug 25, 2003 13:47 IST