Taufeeq Umar is a left handed batsman and a right arm offbreak bowler with the Pakistan cricket team. He has also played cricket for the Habib Bank Limited, ICL Pakistan XI, Lahore, Pakistan Reserves, Mumbai Champs and the Lahore Badshahs.
Taufeeq Umar has been playing first class cricket since 1996. He made his debut in International cricket in a test match against Bangladesh played at Multan in 2001 along with Shoaib Malik. Umar opened the batting line up for his team with Saeed Anwar and scored his maiden test century with 104 runs which included 15 boundaries. He was caught behind the wicket by Khaled Mashud on a ball by Hasibul Hossain after facing 163 balls in the first innings. Pakistan won the match by an innings.
A few months later he played his first One day International in a match against Sri Lanka at Sharjah. Umar again opened the match and could only make 10 runs in 20 balls before being bowled by Fernando. Sri Lanka won that match by 7 wickets with 71 balls remaining. In Pakistan’s home series against South Africa, Umar scored a century and three fifties in four innings. Umar was dropped from the national team after a series of bad performances in 2003 and 2004. He later joined the rebel Indian Cricket League with the Lahore Badshahs and his chances of returning to the team was doubtful.
In a total of 31 test matches, Umar has scored 2167 runs with a high score of 135 runs and a strike rate of 44.88. He also has a total of 504 runs with a high score of 81 not out in the 22 One day Internationals’ he has played.