Nezam A. Hafiz

Nezam A. Hafiz
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Mild-Mannered Cricket Star

During the week, Nezam A. Hafiz was a mild-mannered analyst for Marsh & McLennan, the insurance giant.

On the weekend, he was something else: a cricket star.

But a mild-mannered cricket star. "He was a proper gent, as we like to say, on the field and off the field," said Lesly R. Lowe, president of the Commonwealth Cricket League, of which Mr. Hafiz was captain.

Mr. Hafiz, 32, was a member of the United States national team, which last year actually defeated an English team on its home turf. He had also been captain of the American Cricket Society.

In Guyana, where he was born, Mr. Hafiz played on the under-19 national team, said his sister, Debbie Ally. He moved to New York about a decade ago, she said, and lived with his parents in South Ozone Park, Queens.

Mr. Hafiz was admired for his cricket skills, but "more than that, he was a very likable guy," said Atul Rai, president of the United States of America Cricket Association. "People liked him for his manners. In cricket, those things are also important."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 27, 2001.

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