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September 15, 2013

Does Mohammad Hafeez deserve a spot in the Pakistan Test side?


Pakistan don't have many leadership options, and Hafeez is a potential successor to Misbah-ul-Haq. His effectiveness as an offspinner makes up for his inconsistency with the bat.


He averages under 34 with the bat, which isn't good enough for a top-order batsman, especially an opener. His bowling exploits should only be counted as a bonus.


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September 16, 2013, 9:54 GMT


This is for all the critics. Hafeez is a good batsman and there is no question about it, but the wrong part is we are giving him a long run despite his failures and make his case much more weaker. If the batsman is not performing regularly, this means he is out of form, so the batsman has to be dropped from the national side because of his poor form and then he needs to proof his form by scoring heavily in domestic cricket and once the selectors are convinced that he is nwo an in form player than he should be selected. At present form he should be dropped form the test side and a younger player should be given a chance like Umer Amin.

October 16, 2013, 16:33 GMT


yes since he is a constant player with his runs he should remain in pakistan side

September 19, 2013, 0:21 GMT


Mohammad Hafeez has been given an extended run and disappointed again and again he is an ok bowling option but not potent enough to justify his spot in the team. I think he needs to be dropped if he can perform in Domestic 4 day than yes he can be reconsidered but for now its time to drop him. Batsmen like Sohail Maqsood, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam need to be considered and should be groomed for future there is batting talent in Pakistan but its not being given a proper chance. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have shown promise but need to be mentally tougher particularly Asad he can be a devastating batsmen but tends to lose his concentration after a pretty 20-30.

September 20, 2013, 5:35 GMT


Hafeez is only good for ODI

September 18, 2013, 22:45 GMT


No way, because his technique, he needs to work on out swing deliveries.

September 18, 2013, 21:27 GMT


He is a moron! So many chances are given to him and still not up to the task; no that I am too big a fan for "test matches" but he is not the man for the job, period! He should be focused only on ODI and T20, otherwise Afridi is always an alternative option

September 18, 2013, 17:36 GMT


A big No, he dont deserve to be in test team, check his performance in last ten test. He has been exposed well in South Africa Tour. If we can choose Afridi and certain players for ODIs or T20s then we cant we have specialists for test.Its good to give chance to certain players who perform well in ODIs but question is that how long? Hafeez has no gut and brave heart to play at top position against any opposition and at any soil. Test team should give chance to players who perform best yearly in domestic first class.

September 18, 2013, 10:49 GMT


He is a burden to the test team. He has never proven himself to be a credible batsman. However, lesser batsmen have thrived ... read: scored. His only saving grace is his bowling, which he scantly does in tests.

His recent record doesn't tell the whole story. If one were to consider the pitches on which he has been getting out on a low score, the quality of the bowling and the way he has been gifting his wicket, he shouldn't even be allowed near any test team.

September 18, 2013, 7:54 GMT


Well, i think he needs to be dropped from test side for now. He should go back to nets, overcome his technical issues, and play some domestice cricket once again and then try to earn a place back in the team. If he is not prepared to go through that exercice, that's his choice. I would say give other players like Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal chances in the test side as well. All 3 of them a stroke players and probably that's what we are lacking in our Team as of now.

September 18, 2013, 3:36 GMT


I believe Mohammad Hafeez is good for nothing as he debuted almost 10 years ago and never been able to cement his place until now. If he would have been a international/test material he would have been playing consistently. I also believe we as cricket fans have to be cautious before praising any individuals as Pakistani players have a tendency to consider themselves bigger than the game quickly. I am very much a conservative fan as I would still suggest to keep Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq in the line up and say good bye to the professor for good. Misbah and Younis can still contribute to the team as well. As far as the captaincy is concerned I am not at all in favor of handing it to Hafeez who even does not deserve to be in any of the format. Problem with Pakistan cricket setup players play on their past performances which is not a futuristic approach. In the end I would like to suggest get rid of Hafeez and think about World Cup 2015. God bless Pakistan Cricket!!!