Aftab Habib’s brutal and stylish batting helped him gain an England call-up back in 1999 after he topped 1,000 runs for the season.
He made two Test appearances against New Zealand although he only managed to accrue 26 runs at an average of 8.66 and has not featured for England since.
Unpeturbed he again reached 1,000 runs the following year but left Leicestershire, where he had won the County Championship in 1998, at the end of 2001.
A disappointing spell at Essex followed and after three seasons with the county he was released in October 2004.
It appeared Habib, who was once rejected by Middlesex, may be forced out of the professional game at the age of only 32 but he was re-signed by Leicestershire for the 2005 season.
Their faith was rewarded when he hit the 21st century of his career during the Frizzell County Championship match against his former employers at Grace Road.
He penned a joint deal with the Taranaki Cricket Association (TCA) and New Plymouth Marist United Cricket Club to play in New Zealand for six months from October 2005.
He retired in 2006 after limited opportunities back at Grace Road. In October 2007 he was appointed Hong Kong coach on a three-year deal.