After spending a memorable season of 2011, Mohammad Hafeez is now on the verge of failure. Facts indicate that professor has miserably failed in Tests after becoming the T20 captain.


Hafeez took over the T20 captaincy when Pakistan were touring Sri Lanka. He played his career best 196-run Test innings. He also scored a half century. However, the next six Test innings were a nightmare for him and Pakistan cricket fans. He could not play double-digit innings in next six turns and in the remaining eight innings, he hardly scored 22 runs.

His T20 performance after becoming captain is pretty much impressive. He played 18 T20s as captain scored 541 runs at an average of 31.82 and also took 17 wickets. However, he played eight Tests during that period, scored 417 runs at an average of 26.06, and could only take eight wickets. In 2013, He played five Tests with an average of just 10.20; he only scored 102 runs and his highest score was 22 against Zimbabwe in recent Test series.

Hafeez’s Test performance after becoming T20 captain:

MatchesRunsBestBatting Avg100sWicketsBowling Avg
841719626.061829.37

When we look at ODI performance compared to Tests, it looks good. He played 30 ODIs since June 2012 and scored 894 runs with an average of 33.11 including two centuries and 24 wickets

Hafeez’s ODI Performance after becoming T20 captain:

MatchesRunsBestBatting Avg100sWicketsBowling Avg
30894136*33.1122436.95

These facts indicate that he is not going through a 'bad patch' as he is not in form in Tests only. This shows his negligence towards Test cricket. Why is a cricketer with decent form in ODIs and T20s failing in Tests? Only Hafeez can answer this question.

Hafeez T20 performance as captain

MatchesRunsBestBatting Avg100sWicketsBowling Avg
185418631.8201718.35

It is about time that some critical decisions should be made. We should include players who have capacity to give a good start and play a longer innings rather than stars who fail to perform every time.
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