Mohammad Hafeez names two youngsters who impressed him the most in Australia

Updated - 01 Mar 2024, 04:16 PM

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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has revealed the names of two youngsters who impressed him with their performance during the tour of Australia. The former cricketer plied his trade as the team director cum head coach when Pakistan visited Australia for a three-match Test series. Under new captain Shan Masood, Pakistan did provide a good challenge to Australia but still ended up losing all three games.

While big names such as Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shaheen Afridi, and others could not make an impact, some new faces managed to make a mark. And two such players who impressed Mohammad Hafeez the most are Aamer Jamal and Saim Ayub.

“I liked Aamer Jamal’s performance in Tests a lot. He was successful, and the other one was not, Saim Ayub. And I am telling you, this guy (Ayub) is going to be the next superstar for Pakistan cricket if he remains fit,” said Mohammad Hafeez while speaking on A Sports.

Jamal impressed with both bat and ball on the tour. He finished the series as Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker and only Pat Cummins picked up more wickets than him. In 3 Tests, he picked up 18 wickets. No other Pakistan bowler could even touch the 10-wicket mark.

With the bat, he was Pakistan’s third-highest run-scorer behind Mohammad Rizwan and captain Masood. In three games, he scored 143 runs. On the other hand, Ayub did not get a chance in the playing eleven for the first two Tests before finally making his debut in the third Test in Sydney. While he was out for a duck in the first innings, he scored 33 runs in the second innings and impressed many with his shots.

Mohammad Hafeez resigns:

Talking about Mohammad Hafeez, he recently stepped down as Pakistan’s team director. The former cricketer was appointed as the team director in November last year after Pakistan’s poor performance in the ODI World Cup. After the tour of Australia, he accompanied the Pakistan team to New Zealand as well where they played five T20Is and lost four of them.


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