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13 December, 2007

Misbah-ul-Haq caught the eye with his unflappable temperament in the tri-nation one-day tournament in Nairobi in 2002, scoring two fifties in three innings, including one in the final against Australia.
Full Name:Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi

Date of Birth: 28 May 1974

Birth Place: Mianwali, Punjab -  Pakistan

Major Cricket Teams: Pakistan - Khan Research Labss

Batting Style: Right-hand bat

Bowling Style:  Right-arm Legbreak

Test Debut:

New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Mar 8-12, 2001


ODI Debut:

Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Apr 27, 2002



An orthodox batsman with reasonable technique, But before Pakistan could hail him as a possible middle-order mainstay, Misbah's form slumped - he didn't manage a single 20-plus score in three Tests against Australia and was duly dumped. Pakistan's abysmal World Cup campaign - and the wholesale changes to the team in its aftermath - gave Misbah another chance to redeem himself, but he did little of note in the limited opportunities he got.

Even though Misbah had not represented Pakistan for about three years, a run-filled domestic season, followed by club cricket in England, and Inzamam's retirement from ODIs prompted the board to award Misbah a central contract in July 2007. A month later, he was surprisingly picked, ahead of Mohammad Yousuf, for the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa. He repaid the selectors' faith by finishing the tournament as Pakistan's best player and nearly taking them to victory in the final. He was duly named in the team for the Test and ODI series that followed against South Africa S Rajesh October 2007

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