Though he has been performing consistently in the domestic circuit, his performance in the 2004 domestic season brought him to national focus. Iftikhar led his team – the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited – to victory in the Patron’s Trophy final against WAPDA. He claimed seven wickets in the first innings and finshed off with ten in the match.
Not surprisingly, he was included in Pakistan's one-day squad for the series against India in 2004, before making his debut in the Paktel Cup later in the year.
Needless of say he is a competent reverse-swinger and when the ball gets a bit rougher, with good control over his yorkers.