Pakistan A All-rounder Hafeez Stars as Pakistan Eat Humble Pie

ABU DHABI — Mohammad Hafeez put himself back into reckoning and on the selectors’ radar with a good show with both bat and ball as Pakistan A piled on the misery on a beleaguered Pakistan in a warm-up Twenty20 game at the Shaikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

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By James Jose

Published: Fri 19 Feb 2010, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:31 AM

Captain and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who made his Pakistan debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in 2003 before making his Test debut against Bangladesh in Karachi in the same year, took two wickets to restrict Pakistan to 143 for 8 in their 20 overs and then smacked 41 while opening the batting, to star for Pakistan A.

Pakistan, who had a wretched tour of Australia and with controversies following them, warmed-up for their Twenty20 International against England by posting 143 for the loss of eight wickets.

They started off by losing openers Imran Farhat and Imran Nazir early before Khalid Latif and Umar Akmal restored things a little bit. Shoaib Malik cracked 32 from 23 balls with three boundaries and lower down all-rounder Abdul Razzaq top scored by clubbing an unbeaten 39 from just 17 balls with three sixes and two boundaries.

Hafeez and Tabish Khan took two wickets each.

In reply, despite the early loss of opener Shahzaib Hasan, opener Mohammad Hafeez kept Pakistan A on track by scoring 41 from 39 balls with five boundaries and a six. Mohammad Hafeez was adjudged the Man of the Match.

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