Hafeez set to feature in 100th T20I match for Pakistan


Johannesburg: Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez will become only the sixth cricketer to play 100 T20Is when he steps on the field against South Africa in first match of the series.

The 40-year-old Hafeez has so far played 99 matches, scoring 2323 runs at an average of almost 28. The right-handed batsman can also surpass Shoaib Malik if he scores 13 runs more to become the top run-getter for Pakistan in this format. He also have 54 wickets to his name.

All-rounder Malik, while talking in the 31st episode of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) podcast, hailed Hafeez for his services for country’s cricket.

“I want to congratulate Hafeez on becoming only the second Pakistani to play 100 T20Is. I am extremely happy as a colleague and I wish he takes a player of the match award in his 100th match,” Malik praised.

It must be noted that Shoaib Malik, India’s Rohit Sharma, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, England’s Eoin Morgan, are the only five cricketers to reach century of T20Is.

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