Thursday, 20 January 2022

Mohammad Hafeez retires from International Cricket

Mohammad Hafeez retires from International Cricket

Mohammad Hafeez, a Pakistan all-rounder, has retired from international cricket, ending over 18 years. He, however, will be available and play for franchise T20 cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez, who made his first appearance in international cricket in 2003 in an ODI against Zimbabwe, played his last international game against Aussie in the semifinal of the T20 World Cup that his side lost last November. He at first had announced that the 2020 T20 World Cup would be his final assignment, but the rescheduling of the tournament due to COVID-19 extended his stay with the side. Mohammad Hafeez ended his career having played 55 Tests, 119 T20Is, and 218 ODIs, 12,780 runs, and 253 wickets across formats.

"Today, I say goodbye to intl cricket with pride and satisfaction," Mohammad Hafeez said.

"I have earned and expertise more than I had initially expected, and for that, I am thankful to all my colleague's cricketers, captains, support staff, and the Pakistan Cricket Board who helped me out during my career.

"I am incredibly fortunate, lucky, and proud to have been considered worthy put on the national kit with Pakistan symbol for 18 years. My team and country have always been at my forefront, and therefore, every time I stepped onto the field, I tried to raise their profile and image by playing tough but within the rich traditions of the spirit of cricket.

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"When you have an experienced career as long as mine, you're bound to have your share of lows and highs, and I was no different. Results apart, I can say with conviction that I had more highs as I had the liberty of playing with and against some of the finest exponents of the bat and the ball of my era."

Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez had retired from Test cricket in December 2018. He has subsequently been overlooked for ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, with his last game coming against Bangladesh at Lord's.

Hafeez has the highest T20 World Cup appearances, leading Pakistan to the semifinal in the 2012 World T20. He also led the side in 2014 when Pakistan was ousted on the group stage. As a captain in T20Is, he led Pakistan to 18 wins in 29 games with 11 losses.

"Hafeez has been a wholehearted cricketer who worked tirelessly at his game to have a long and fruitful career," said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. "His game evolved with time, adjusting to different formats quite intelligently. Later in his career, he became a T20 specialist, where he was never out of touch with the modern demands of this testing format. His batsmanship took a sprightly turn, nailing sixes almost at will.

"He has worn the green blazer with pride for which we at the PCB are thankful. I wish Mohammad Hafeez best of luck for his future life and thank him again for his magnificent contribution to Pakistan cricket."

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