(born 17 October 1980 at Sargodha
) is a Pakistani Cricket player. He is currently the caption of Pakistan National Cricket Team
in T20 format. He is a right-hand opening batsman and a right-arm offspin bowler. Hafeez usually opens the batting and forms part of bowling attack. In 2012/2013 he has been ranked as the top all-rounder according to the ICC Player Rankings
in T20 format. He is known for his intelligent bating but also aggressive shot plays when needed.
Early international career 2003 – 2006
Mohammad Hafeez Cheena was one of several young all-rounders that the Pakistani cricket team
turned to in order to revitalise their side after their poor display in 2003 World Cup following their elimination in the first round. His form with both bat and ball was inconsistent and in late-2003 he was dropped from the Test squad and subsequently the ODI side. Following strong domestic performances, as well as displaying good form for the Pakistan A side, he remained on the fringes of a recall in 2004.
Hafeez returned to the ODI side in 2005 and despite poor form with the bat, his bowling performances were impressive. In the 2006 series held in Australia, Hafeez smashed his first century for Pakistan. With Pakistan struggling to find a solid opening pair for the Test side, he was recalled for the tour of England. His return to Test cricket was made at The Oval
where he scored a fluent 95. Subsequently Hafeez retained his place in the side for their home series against the West Indies
in November of that year. After getting out early after good starts in the first two Tests he went on to score his second Test century in the third Test in Karachi
. However his form remained inconsistent and he was unable to command a regular place in either the Test or ODI side over the next 5 years.
International recall 2010
In 2010 he was recalled for the third ICC World Twenty20
squad. His form was poor scoring only 39 runs and taking only 2 wickets in 6 matches. However he was subsequently selected for the T20Is
and the ODIs
on Pakistan's 2010 tour of England. He was the second highest Pakistani run scorer in the ODI series producing some solid opening partnerships with Kamran Akmal
. Following this good form he was included in the squad that was selected to play South Africa in the UAE
and he replaced disgraced skipper Salman Butt
as an opening batsman in both Tests, achieving a batting average 32.50. He played in all 5 ODI matches ending up as the top run scorer and he also topped the bowling averages for the series. At the end of 2010 he was also selected for the party that would tour New Zealand and the West Indies
and this resulted in him establishing himself as a regular in the Test, ODI and T20 teams. In 2011 he won an amazing 10 Man-of-the-Match awards in all forms of international cricket and became only the third player (after Sanath Jayasuriya
and Jacques Kallis
) to score 1000 runs and take 30 wickets in ODI matches within a calendar year.
Against India on 18 March 2012 in Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur at the 2012 Asia Cup
, he scored 105 off 113 balls and was involved in a 224 run partnership with Nasir Jamshed
, which is the best opening partnership for Pakistan against India in one day internationals. They eclipsed Aamer Sohail
and Saeed Anwar
's record of 144 runs which was made in 1996.
He made his 4th ODI century in March 2012 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. He also made his highest test score of 196 against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo in June 2012. He is currently (2012) ranked number two in the ICC ODI rankings for both bowlers and all-rounders.
In December 2012, during the tour of Pakistani cricket team in India in 2012–13
, he came across as a very different and aggressive batsman and scored so brilliantly and briskely and helped Pakistan to win the first T20I and 2nd ODI with his heroics of brilliant batting and nearly chasing a mountain high target of 191 in the second T20I. His scores were 61 and 55 in first and second T20I respectively and scored 76 runs in the 2nd ODI and sharing an opening stand of 141 with Nasir Jamshed
and also bowled brilliantly as always economically to help Pakistan win their first ODI series in india since 7 years. He is now considered to be the main allrounder of Pakistan Cricket team.
Appointed T20 captain
He was appointed Captain of the Pakistan T20 team in May 2012 and Vice Captain, under Misbah-ul-Haq
, of the ODI and Test teams.
During the T20 World Championship in Sri Lanka in September 2012 Pakistan reached the semi-finals where they lost to the home side. After the tournament there was some controversy with veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq
who was critical of his non-selection for a number of matches. Hafeez also came into some conflict with the PCB over their view that he adopted a rather unilateral and non-consultative approach while making selection decisions. However, he was supported by the coach Dav Whatmore
and both of them emphasised the poor fitness levels of many players. The PCB committee decided that they would subsequently closely monitor Hafeez's performance in this context during the coming tours to India and South Africa.
In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career