Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from international cricket
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has announced that he will retire after the upcoming T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
Hafeez last played a T20 international in 2018 against New Zealand and has recently been recalled for the three match T20 series in Lahore starting from next Friday.
“My personal aim is to play in the side based on my merit and fitness till the T20 World Cup and retire after that,” said Hafeez.
“Playing the colours of Pakistan has been a great honor for me,” he added.
The 39-year-old all-rounder expresses his expectations to train youngsters for the future while he said the recent selection did not surprise him.
“Well, (selection was) not a surprise to me to be honest because I’m always available for the team,” he said.
“There are more youngsters than seniors (in the team) so it will be great for us to share the experience with them and let them express themselves in a way so they can perform and do well for a long period of time.”
Hafeez who played 55 Test matches and 218 one-day international matches since his debut in 2003, had been suspended from bowling in England last week due to suspected action. He has 54 T20I wickets beside his name.
“I’m ready to retest again and I am waiting for it,” Hafeez said. “Hopefully it will be done soon.”
Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and skipper Babar Azam both praised Hafeez when the squad was announced on Thursday.
“Hafeez is experienced enough and has performed well in past,” Misbah said.
“So even if Hafeez hasn’t played much cricket lately, he is experienced and mature enough to contribute for Pakistan.”
Skipper Babar Azam said he requested PCB to include the experience duo Hafeez and Malik. “I believe they still have plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket in the shortest format and their experience can be critical to our performances in the upcoming series,” he added.