Full name Tauseef Ahmed
Born May 10, 1958, Karachi, Sind
Current age 57 years 84 days
Major teams Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan Customs, Public Works Department, United Bank Limited
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Pakistan v Australia at Karachi, Feb 27-Mar 2, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Karachi, Dec 1-6, 1993 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Mar 31, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Feb 23, 1990 scorecard|
|First-class span||1978/79 - 1997/98|
|List A span||1980/81 - 1997/98|
Pakistan's Tauseef Ahmed tended to be overshadowed by his more illustrious colleagues, Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim, but he was a skilled and cunning offspinner, even if his afro and moustache did make him look like Lionel Richie. He took seven wickets on his debut, after being plucked from nowhere to play against Australia in 1979-80. And it was his destiny to play a huge role in Pakistan's famous 16-run victory over India at Bangalore in 1986-87, when he and Iqbal took nine wickets each, and Sunil Gavaskar wound up his Test career with a masterful 96. Two years later, against Australia at Karachi, Tauseef had match figures of 47.4-28-44-3, par for the course for this thrifty performer, whose average was superior to the great Qadir's.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?