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Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
Discussion started by chunkyinargyll , 13 August, 2019 15:54
Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
chunkyinargyll 13 August, 2019 15:54
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Pleased we've done this. Proves we're serious about getting to T20 finals day.

Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
BarmierKev 13 August, 2019 18:04
Whenever other counties do this kind of think I criticise them. I’m in favour of the idea of a large squad before the tournament and work within that. So , I would rather see Dan Lincoln in our colours , but if we win the tournament I will be passed caring for justice.



Barmy Kev
I'm only here for the tele

Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
Jonathan Winsky 13 August, 2019 19:05
I have had the thought for a few months that Middlesex could do with signing an overseas player for the business end of the group stages of our Twenty20 campaign, as although Mujeeb ur Rahman had signed for our whole campaign, it looked like AB de Villiers had signed for just for our first seven group matches, while I am uncertain (but hopeful) whether Eoin Morgan and Paul Stirling will be available for our final two group matches and any potential knockout matches after finding teams in the Euro T20 Slam.

As it happens, the situation with Mujeeb and de Villiers has changed due to Afghanistan recalling Mujeeb and due to de Villiers returning for our final two group matches, although the club haven’t issued any comments about Morgan and Stirling, meaning I have to hope that they will come to the decision that playing in the T20 Blast is more respectable than playing in the Slam (will matches in the Slam even carry official status?).

Still, I don’t feel that any of that lessened the need for the club to sign another overseas player, so it is great to see that Mohammad Hafeez has signed. I feared that we might do what we have done in the County Championship and decide to select inexperienced players instead of finding an overseas player.

This move will probably cause us to change our strategy of selecting five batsmen, one wicket-keeper, three fast bowlers and two specialist spinners. It will certainly cause us to make changes to a bowling line-up which could be unchanged for the 10th and final time tomorrow, and means we may have to rethink our tactic of bowling spin for the 1st and 3rd overs of innings, unless Hafeez can perform the role. We could replace Mujeeb by bringing in Ollie Rayner, Thilan Walallawita or Luke Hollman, but my instinct is that we will select either another batsman or another fast bowler and look to Hafeez, Stirlo or Dawid Malan if we need overs of spin additional to what Nathan Sowter will bowl.

Hafeez’s bowling record actually looks similar to Mujeeb in that his wickets-to-matches ratio is unimpressive (162 wickets in 258 Twenty20 matches), whereas his economy is excellent (6.25 in Twenty20 matches). However, I have always assumed that Hafeez is a batsman first and a bowler second, so I don’t know if we will bank on him bowling 4 overs in an innings in the same way that we did with Mujeeb. Where the two definitely differ is in age, as Mujeeb was the youngest player at the 2019 World Cup, whereas Hafeez was the third-oldest, having made his first-class and List A debuts in 1998/99, which was roughly two years before Mujeeb was even born!

Last year, we tried to bring in another Pakistani in Yasir Shah for the latter part of our Twenty20 campaign, but apparently couldn’t do so because Pakistan was unsettled due to a General Election taking place. Therefore, it is great to see that we seem to have had no hindrance in signing Hafeez.

Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
chunkyinargyll 13 August, 2019 19:35
Although not a like for like replacement, Hafeez comes in for Ur Rahman, so I assume Hameez bats somewhere in the top 5, with everyone dropping one place down in the order (so Scott would keep his place until AB returns). Hafeez seems slightly more of a bowler than Stirling or Malan, but it maybe the case that Hafeez bowls 2 or 3 overs, with Stirling, Malan and Scott all options to bowl the balance.



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Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
freddie tittlemouse 14 August, 2019 13:21
He came in for quite a lot of criticism in the World Cup for poor shot selection, but he is well worth having on board.

Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
Fozzie 14 August, 2019 13:37
Quote:
BarmierKev
Whenever other counties do this kind of think I criticise them. I’m in favour of the idea of a large squad before the tournament and work within that. So , I would rather see Dan Lincoln in our colours , but if we win the tournament I will be passed caring for justice.

I'm not sure that this is entirely fair to the club, given that Mujeeb was (I think) originally signed for the whole of the tournament but has now been recalled by Afghanistan. It's hardly the same as drafting Dwayne Bravo in for finals day. I tend to agree with Chunky that it's a pleasing sign of intent.

Re: Middlesex sign Mohammad Hafeez
Seaxe_man1 17 August, 2019 08:40
Quote:
BarmierKev
Whenever other counties do this kind of think I criticise them. I’m in favour of the idea of a large squad before the tournament and work within that. So , I would rather see Dan Lincoln in our colours , but if we win the tournament I will be passed caring for justice.
Have no problems with this. Mx are competing in a competitive world. You have to move with the times something not done since Ed Smith. 19/20 century attitudes are out of date and ties the club's hands behind its back to its detriment. Can't imagine the Mexicans not doing the same


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