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KHULNA---Opener Mohammad Hafeez hit a career-
best 224 as Pakistan piled up 537-5 against
Bangladesh at stumps on the third day of the first
cricket Test yesterday.
Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Khan were not out on 51
each, steering Pakistan s lead to 205. Bangladesh was
bowled out for 332 in its first innings.
Azhar Ali scored 83, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq
hit 59 on a day when the visitors made Bangladesh
toil on an unthreatening pitch.
Left arm spinner Taijul Islam was the most suc-
cessful bowler for Bangladesh with 3-116, and off-
spinner Shuvagata Hom returned figures of 2-112.
Hafeez achieved his maiden double century after
coming so close in his previous test against New
Zealand last November, when he made 197.
"This is not really a best (century), but you can
say one of the best ones I can remember," Hafeez
said. "A double hundred is always something which
is special for any batsman in the world."
Hafeez brought up his eighth century on Wednes-
day, and started the day on 137. He made it to lunch
He reached his 200 off 286 balls, and finally finished
with 23 fours and three sixes in his 332-ball knock.
He was dismissed by Hom while trying a sweep.
"I was under pressure after the ODI series, and I
knew I had to do something to regain my confidence
and I tried hard," Hafeez said. "There was a demand
for the team to play a positive inning, and I am happy
that I am able to do my best for my team."
Hafeez shared three significant partnerships to
establish Pakistan s dominance, adding 227 with
Azhar, 62 with Younis Khan, and 63 with Misbah.
"We applied a couple of things that worked for
us, and now we are in a situation that we can further
press them," Hafeez said. "I am not sure what the
bigger plan is for tomorrow but obviously we would
want to have at least 300 so that we can have enough
time to bowl them out."
Azhar hit four fours and one six before he became
Hom s first victim.
Younis Khan made 33 and looked set for a big
innings until playing a lazy shot against Taijul.
Captain Misbah showed an urgency to increase
the run rate, striking four fours and two sixes before
being dismissed sweeping against Taijul.
While Sarfraz picked up his fifth Test half-century
in quick fashion---hitting four fours and two sixes
off just 53 balls---Shafiq earned his 11th 50 off 98
Hafeez hits career best 224
ISLAMABAD---Zimbabwe will become the first full
ICC member nation to tour Pakistan since a deadly
gun attack targeted a visiting cricket team six years
Zimbabwe will play two Twenty20s and three one-
day internationals in Lahore---the site of the 2009
attack---while touring from May 19 to June 1, the
Pakistan and Zimbabwe cricket boards announced
"This would be an auspicious moment for Pakistan
cricket and I am positive that it would open doors
of international cricket in Pakistan," PCB chairman
Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. "I am grateful
to my counterpart in Cricket Zimbabwe, Wilson
Manase, for acceding to our request of sending a full
side on a tour to Pakistan."
The PCB has hosted Kenya and Afghanistan over
the last couple of years, but no test-playing country
has toured Pakistan because of security concerns,
after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus on
the way to a test in Lahore in March 2009.
Six police officials and a van driver were killed,
and some Sri Lanka players and officials were wound-
ed. Since then, Pakistan has played its home series
in the United Arab Emirates.
The first T20 of the tour will be the opening game
on May 22. Cricket s governing body, the ICC, has
been informed of the tour but has yet to confirm
whether it will send officials for the five international
matches at Gaddafi Stadium.
Zimbabwe will send officials on Monday to review
security arrangements before the team arrives in
Lahore on May 19.
Initially, Pakistan planned some matches in Karachi,
but the PCB said Zimbabwe players expressed con-
cerns over extensive travelling, so the series will be
played only in Lahore. (AP)
to tour Pakistan, all
matches in Lahore
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