|Full name||Taufeeq Umar|
20 June 1981|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Bowling||Right arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 170)||29 August 2001 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||17 November 2014 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 139)||27 October 2001 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||30 May 2011 v Ireland|
Source: Cricinfo, 8 August 2017
Taufeeq Umar (Punjabi: توفیق عمر, born 20 June 1981) is a Pakistani cricketer, who played Tests and ODIs. Umar was a regular Test opening batsman for three seasons, before being dropped ahead of the 2004–05 season.
Unusually for a Pakistani player, Umar has played more Tests than ODIs, as he was not given a prolonged run in the ODI side until 2003, when he played eight ODIs in a row. However, he only missed two of 24 Tests played between August 2001 and April 2004, and after 17 Tests his batting average had reached 48.03 after he made four scores above 50 in the two-Test series with South Africa.
Possessing excellent temperament, he remains unique amongst Pakistani openers in his ability to concentrate for long periods and his ability to build innings. With exquisite drives either side of the wicket, a formidable cut and pull shot in the armoury and possessing the natural gift of timing, he seemed the very answer to Pakistan's opening problem especially against a full strength South African attack in South Africa (2003). A loss of form against India (2004) resulted in Taufeeq losing his place in the team and a subsequent loss of batting confidence.
He was recalled into the Pakistani side for the South Africa Series in 2010. He made his comeback against South Africa with some good scores. Against West Indies, he scored a century and then a brilliant double hundred against Sri Lanka at UAE. He has again become a regular part of Test squad as an opener. he continued to play for Pakistan until Sri Lanka in 2012. After the series, he was dropped from the squad, until his later comeback for a single test match in 2014 against New Zealand. He scored only 16 and 4 in the two innings and dropped from the squad.
He continued to be in the Pakistani selectors' minds, playing for Pakistan against a touring England XI in 2005–06, and continued to play for Lahore Ravi and Habib Bank Limited in Pakistani domestic competitions. It remains to be seen whether he can recover his solid technique and return to Test cricket as the formidable opener he was meant to be.
This is compounded by the fact that he joined the rebel Indian Cricket League and represented the Lahore Badshahs. Taufeeq spent a summer in the UK playing Professional League cricket for Lancaster Cricket Club in the Northern League.
|Taufeeq Umar's Test centuries|
|||104||1||Bangladesh||Multan, Pakistan||Multan Cricket Stadium||29 August 2001||Won|
|||111||10||Zimbabwe||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||9 November 2002||Won|
|||135||13||South Africa||Cape Town, South Africa||Newlands||2 January 2003||Lost|
|||111||16||South Africa||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||17 October 2003||Won|
|||135||31||West Indies||Basseterre, St Kitts||Warner Park||20 May 2011||Won|
|||236||33||Sri Lanka||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium||18 October 2011||Drawn|
|||130||37||Bangladesh||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Shere Bangla National Stadium||16 December 2011||Won|
One-Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||Zimbabwe||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||10 April 2003||81 (124 balls, 10x4)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets.|
- Taufeeq Umar – Test Batting – Cumulative career averages from Cricinfo Stats Guru, retrieved 14 December 2005
- Pakistan A v England XI in 2005/06 from CricketArchive, retrieved 14 December 2005
- "2002-2003 Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup - Final - Pakistan v Zimbabwe - Sharjah".
- Send for Taufeeq Umar by Kamran Abbasi, published 23 March 2004.
- Pakistan pay for failures across the board by Kamran Abbasi, published 22 April 2004
- 2nd Final: Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, 6 Feb 2005 scorecard from Cricinfo, retrieved 14 December 2005
- Pakistan's stars in the ascendancy by Osman Samiuddin, published on Cricinfo 29 March 2005
- Second Test v India 16–20 Mar 2005 and Third Test v India 24–28 Mar 2005, both from Cricinfo, retrieved 14 December 2005
- Taufeeq Umar at ESPNcricinfo