Mohammad Hafeez signs for the Chittagong Tigers

LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has signed a contract to play in the forthcoming Bangladesh domestic Twenty20 competition.

29 year old Hafeez, who skippered Faisalabad Wolves in the recently concluded National Twenty20 Cup, has signed a deal with the Chittagong Tigers and will join fellow Pakistan’s Imran Farhat, Rana Navedul Hasan, Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi in the competition which runs from late March to the first week of April.

Other Pakistan players are in negotiations with clubs in Bangladesh, so the list of players from Pakistan taking part in the tournament could be longer once the squads have been finalised. Hafeez, who has represented Pakistan on 68 occasions, was in excellent form in the National Twenty20 Cup, scoring a superb century in Wolves’ semi final victory over Lahore Lions. His captaincy and all round displays enabled the Wolves to make it to the competition final,

only to lose out to the powerful Sialkot Stallions on Sunday at National Stadium in Karachi. Hafeez’s manager Umran Khan told “It’s a good opportunity for Hafeez to stake a claim for a World Cup spot in the Pakistan squad and he’s looking forward to playing in the competition”. Hafeez, who was named in the preliminary 30-man World Cup squad announced last week by the Pakistan selectors, last played for Pakistan in October 2007 in Lahore when Pakistan lost out to South Africa.

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