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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mir Hamza understands why people see him as a Test bowler, but he is determined to shed that reputation and show that he is capable of excelling in all formats.
Hamza has only featured in one Test for Pakistan to date, which came against Australia in October last year.
As for his first-class career, he has taken 288 wickets in 61 matches at an average of 18.56.
“There is no doubt about the fact that the speed at which One-Day and Twenty20 is played is much quicker than what happens in four day or Test match cricket,” he told PakPassion. “People have bracketed me as a four day and Test match bowler as they haven’t really seen me bowl in other formats and they have usually seen me bowl more in the four day format in domestic cricket.
“With my participation in one Test match and the fact that I am playing county cricket, there seems to be a perception that I can only do well in the longer formats. In a sense, looking at it in a positive manner, it’s a good thing that people say that I am a good four day or Test quality bowler and I am performing well in these formats too. But I will add that my one-day record has also been good.
“Recently, I took four wickets in my List A debut for Sussex and also in the past, my performances for departments, regions and on tours for Pakistan A have been very good. Unfortunately, those good performances have not been shown on TV as domestic games don’t get so much coverage.
“Also, in PSL 3, where I played three games for Quetta Gladiators, whereas my performances were not extraordinary, I do feel that I did a satisfactory job picking up three wickets for 95 runs. Having said that, the perception about me as a specialist four day or Test player exists out there but it is my aim to show everyone that this is not true.
“I have a lot of belief in myself and as I did recently for Sussex, I will show everyone through my performances that I am also a good bowler in the one-day and Twenty20 formats.”