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Mon Apr 21 02:40:54 SAST 2014

Hafeez demands more Tests for Pakistan

Reuters | 14 January, 2013 13:470 Comments
Australia v Pakistan - ICC World Twenty20 2012: Super Eights Group 2
Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan reacts after winning the World Twenty20 match between Australia and Pakistan at R. Premadasa Stadium on October 2, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Pakistan player of the year Mohammad Hafeez wants his cricket board to schedule more Test matches for the national team.

Pakistan are restricted after rival teams refused to tour the country following a gun attack on the Sri Lanka squad in 2009 but the national Twenty20 captain still believes more Tests are possible.

“I would ask the board to take up this issue and try to schedule more Test matches for us because I believe players only develop by playing Test matches,” Hafeez told reporters on Monday.

“It is unfortunate we get less Test matches. Last year we played three Tests in January and then three in June-July. Now we are going to South Africa. We will be playing Tests after a gap of nearly six months which is hard on us.”

Pakistan whitewashed England in three Tests in January and February last year in their temporary home of the United Arab Emirates but lost in Sri Lanka in July and visit South Africa for three Tests next month.

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