Stories about Mohammad Hafeez

Will Pakistan’s batting line-up be able to survive the English bowling attack at Old Trafford?

With Mohammad Amir shackling the stumps of Jake Ball to wrap up a famous Test victory in Pakistan’s cricketing folklore – a few of us are sceptical of the chances the green shirts might have to give the English team – especially their bowlers – a hard time in the forthcoming Tests. Mushtaq Ahmed says Mohammad Amir (pictured) was nervous at Lord’s.Photo: AFP Yes, you have the jurisdiction to celebrate your success but not at the cost of not learning from your cathartic failures – especially those at the openers’ slot. Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, ...

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Removing Azhar Ali from the cricket team will result in a long-term loss

An out of favour batsman, who had remained in the shadows for long and was deemed surplus to requirement in the shorter formats, was, out of the blue, asked to lead a side. Not any ordinary side, but a side that was plagued with groups, seniority-‘juniority’ prejudices and a quota system that has seeped into our roots. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gambled on Misbahul Haq when they not only brought him back into the Test side, but to the shock of many, made him captain. The gamble succeeded and Misbah went on to become the most successful captain in ...

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Can a biomechanics lab at LUMS help raise the standard of cricket in Pakistan?

On May 23, 2016, the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mr Shahryar Khan and Vice Chancellor LUMS Professor Dr S Sohail H Naqvi, inaugurated a state-of-the-art Biomechanics lab. This news story should surely bring plenty of smiles to the faces of our bowlers, especially our current and emerging spinners. The newly inaugurated biomechanics lab records the athlete’s body movements with great precision and maps them out on an advanced software helping bowlers test their actions, identify irregularities and work on eradicating them with the assistance of their coaches. To begin with, the introduction of a biomechanics lab will help in raising ...

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With the army brought in to handle our players’ fitness, what are we paying our ‘experts’ for?

It seems the fate of our country lies in the hands of our soldiers; be it in a state of war or amidst a political crisis. Whenever rains flood our land, the army is called upon to take care of the victims. Whenever an earthquake jolts a part of our country, the army shows up as saviours. In other words, the army has always been and, unfortunately, will continue to be the Batman of Pakistan. But most of us would never have, even in our wildest dreams, thought that our cricket team would be handed over to the army to help improve the lads’ ...

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Will Pakistan be able raise the T20 World Cup?

Cricket has come a long way since 2003, when the T20 cricket concept was first introduced. In 2007, the ICC T20 World Cup was first introduced along with 16 teams – from across the world – participating to win a prestigious trophy. Unlike Test matches, which can last up to five days, T20 matches are typically completed within six hours. The fast pace of the game, shared with the short duration, results in an extremely active crowd. When the date for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2016 was announced, March 15, 2016, cricket fans worldwide began to prepare themselves to support their favourite teams. [caption ...

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Five headlines that will probably sum up the Pakistan versus India WT20 clash

On March 19, Pakistan will face India in a format where the green shirts have a good chance at beating their arch rivals. We cannot write Pakistan off, regardless of the fact that their ‘good’ chance of winning is not more than 25 per cent. Having said that, the following headlines can be possibly seen in newspapers after the match: Kohli-stic missle ripped through Pakistan Form is temporary, class is permanent. This applies to most sportsmen throughout the world. However, Virat Kohli has been so consistent in the limited over format that his form seems as permanent as his class. If India ...

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Pakistan Super League: Let the games begin!

February 4, 2016 marks an extremely important date in the history of Pakistan cricket. The idea which was first conceived in 2012 is finally going to turn into a reality; the curtain will rise and Pakistan Super League (PSL) will surface onto the stage of lucrative Twenty20 cricket leagues. The teams PSL has five teams; Islamabad United, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. They were sold for a total of $93 million and the teams will battle it out for a winning title. PSL Chief Najam Sethi had promised to bring in stars of the T20 format in the ...

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Don’t panic, Pakistan! Sure, we will miss Yasir Shah, but not too much

On Sunday, anyone who follows the Pakistani cricket team was left dumbfounded. Yasir Shah, our very own Messi, failed a random sampling dope test taken on November 13, 2015 after the match against England. Yasir was found guilty of the use of banned medicine chlortalidone, which was said to be used either as a masking agent, or as a blood pressure control medicine. According to the rules, Yasir now has seven days to ask for a retest from sample B, which was also taken at the same time. If the results come negative, the entire test will be considered negative. In the ...

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No, Mohammad Amir, your spot fixing wasn’t a ‘minor’ offence

Of the three cricketers convicted and punished in the infamous spot-fixing scandal, I felt sympathy only for Mohammad Amir, since the left-arm fasted bowler was the youngest of the trio, and quickly put himself (as probably advised by his lawyer) at the mercy of the courts. On the other hand, both senior bowler Mohammad Asif and skipper Salman Butt fought legal battles to the very end. In fact, Salman Butt shamelessly exploited the nation’s hearts on Pakistani news shows by claiming that there were conspiracies against him. Finally, after exhausting all good will and legal recourse, Butt came clean. This ...

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Misbahul Haq is Pakistan’s greatest asset in this age of slings and arrow

Two thousand and six. That’s when Pakistan were last ranked second in Test cricket. Back then, in the English summer, under the calm command of Bob Woolmer and Inzamamul Haq, Pakistan cricket was powered by skill and a degree of missionary zeal – blessed, you might say, by Bob and God. But the bank of blessings emptied soon after Pakistan got to England that year. Next, a forfeited Test, Woolmer’s death, terrorist attacks, and spot-fixing. An unprecedented four-year spell of curses. Four years with little blessing. By 2010, Pakistani cricket was more dead than alive. It would do well to exist. In 2015, Pakistan cricket ...

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