Nezam Hafiz

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Nezam Hafiz
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Personal information
Full nameNezam Ahmed Hafiz
Born(1969-04-21)21 April 1969
Rose Hall, Guyana
Died11 September 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 32)
New York City, United States of America
BowlingRight-arm medium
Domestic team information
1998/99United States
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 6 3
Runs scored 40 5
Batting average 10.00 5.00
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 30 4
Balls bowled 18
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/– 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 4 October 2011

Nezam Ahmed Hafiz (21 April 1969 – 11 September 2001) was a Guyanese born American cricketer. Hafiz was a right-handed middle order batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born at Rose Hall, Guyana.

Cricket career[edit]

Hafiz’s name is located on Panel N-6 of the National September 11 Memorial’s North Pool.

Having played cricket from a young age, Hafiz captained the Guyana Under-19 cricket team in the 1988 Northern Telecom Youth Tournament, a tournament with other under-19 teams from the West Indies. His first match as under-19 captain came against Trinidad and Tobago Under-19s, captained by Brian Lara.[1] Hafiz made his first-class debut later that year for Demerara in the final of the 1988/89 Guystac Trophy against Berbice, with the match ending in a draw.[2] His debut for Guyana against Barbados in that same seasons Red Stripe Cup. Struggling to find a regular starting place in what was a strong Guyana team of the 1980s and early 1990s,[1] he made four further first-class appearances for Guyana, the last of which came against the Leeward Islands.[2] In his five first-class matches for Guyana, he scored 40 runs at an average of 10.00, with a high score of 30.[3] He made two List A appearances for his home country, with both coming in the 1988/89 Geddes Grant Shield against the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.[4]

He joined his parents and two older sisters in New York in 1992, prior to his departure he donated his cricket equipment to his local cricket club in Georgetown.[1] Following his relocation to the United States, Hafiz went on to play a single List A match for the United States national cricket team against the Leeward Islands when the United States were invited to take part in the 1998–99 Red Stripe Bowl.[4] In his only major appearance for the United States, he was absent hurt in their batting innings.[5] He also toured England with the United States team in 2000.[6]


Hafiz was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He had been working as a financial assistant for insurance company Marsh and McLennan, whose office was on the 94th floor of Tower One.[7] At the time of his death he was living at South Ozone Park, Queens. His name is one of the 2,983 names inscribed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site. His name can be found on Panel N-6 of the North Pool.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Della Penna, Peter (22 September 2012). "A generous, affable cricketer lost to a terror attack". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played by Nezam Hafiz". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  3. ^ "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Nezam Hafiz". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  4. ^ a b "List A Matches played by Nezam Hafiz". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Leeward Islands v United States of America, 1998/99 Red Stripe Bowl". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Wisden Obituaries – Nezam Hafiz". Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  7. ^ Joseph, George. "The Rediff Special". Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  8. ^ "North Pool: Panel N-6 – Nezam A. Hafiz". National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Archived from the original on 27 July 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2011.

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