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Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2006 05:49 PM IST
Date of Birth: 17 October 1980, Sargodha, Punjab
Bat: Right Hand Bat
Bowl: Right hand Off Break
Test Debut: Against Bangladesh at Karachi, 1th Test, 2003
ODI Debut: Against Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup, 2002-03
Pakistan's dismal performance in the 2003 World Cup called for desperate measures. Opportunity presented itself in the form of Mohammad Hafeez, an opening batsman and a useful offspinner.

His selection was based on his performance in Sharjah and NatWest Challenge in England. Working in his favour is his good technique and temperament.

His organised approach towards batting ensured that he got an opportunity in the Test team in the three-Test series against Bangladesh.

He quite justified his selection by scoring a half century in the first Test and going on to make his first hundred in his second Test. However, his form then dipped alarmingly in the ODIs against South Africa, leading to his exclusion from the Test squad.

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