Nezam Hafiz

Full name: Nezam Ahmed Hafiz
Born: 21 Apr 1969, Rose Hall, Berbice, Guyana
Died: 11 Sep 2001, World Trade Center, New York, USA
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm medium pace
Teams: Demerara (FC: 1988); Guyana U19 (2in: 1987-1988); Guyana (FC: 1989, 1991); Guyana (ListA: 1989); USA (ListA: 1998); All teams
Clubs: Malteenoes Sports Club (Georgetown); American Cricket Society (New York)
Lists of matches and more detailed statistics

A stylish No 3 batsman from Malteenoes Sports Club in Georgetown, his stroke play epitomised timing. He was selected for the 1987 Guyana Under-19 team after consistent batting in local tournaments, which was crowned with a classy 78 not out for Demerara in the GTM Under-19 final against Berbice earlier in 1987.

Nezam Hafiz made his debut for the Guyana Under-19 team in the 1987 Northern Telecom Youth Championship, in Jamaica, scoring a half-century in his second match. He captained the Guyana Under-19 team in the 1988 Northern Telecom Youth Championship, in Barbados, where he scored a century (113) against the Leewards, at the Kensington Oval.

He made his first class debut in October 1988, for Demerara against Berbice, but the match was rained out before he could bat. He made his first class debut for Guyana in February 1989, against Barbados at Bourda, but did not get to bat in this match either, and in his next first class match as well. He also made his List A debut in 1989, against the Leewards at Hampton Court, in Guyana.

After moving to New York in 1992 he captained the American Cricket Society and the Commonwealth League and represented New York in regional tournaments. He played for the USA in the 1998 Red Stripe Bowl in Jamaica, but injured his left hand in the very first match and was out of the tournament without batting once. In 2000 he had a successful tour of England with the USA national team.

A fastidious dresser and very likeable person, Nezam worked on the 94th floor of Tower One, at the World Trade Center in New York, where he perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Since then, his New York club (American Cricket Society) has been commemorating his life every year, both in New York and Guyana. Friends and family fondly remember him.

Batting and Fielding
Team Format M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Guyana U-19 2in 10 19 1 529 113 29.38 1 3 5
Demerara FC 1 0 - - - - - - 0
Guyana FC 5 5 1 40 30 10 0 0 3
All FC 6 5 1 40 30 10.00 0 0 3
Guyana ListA 2 2 1 6 4 5.00 0 0 1
All ListA 3 2 1 6 4 5.00 0 0 1
Bowling
Team Format Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
Guyana U-19 2in 122 6 34 3 1-1 11.33 - - 40.67 1.67
Guyana FC 18 0 6 0 0-6 - - - - 2.00