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Internet reacts as Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from Tests

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will retire from Test cricket after the ongoing test series against New Zealand. However, it has been informed that he wants to focus more on the limited-overs format/Getty Images

Veteran Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez  has decided to hang up his boots. The ongoing third Test match against New Zealand will be last in whites. At 38, Hafeez wants to focus on limited overs cricket and hence informed chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq about his decision. The right-hand batsman has been one of the finest batters for Pakistan over the years.

Mohammad Hafeez calls time on his Test career

“Today, I want to announce my retirement from the Test-match format so that I can focus my energies on playing for Pakistan in the white-ball formats,” Hafeez said after the second day’s play. “At the moment, I am eyeing to represent Pakistan in the ICC World Cup next year. I feel honoured that I represented the country in 55 Test matches, including the opportunity of captaining the team. I feel satisfied that I performed to the best of my abilities in my 15 year-long Test career.

Internet reacts as Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from Tests
Mohammad Hafeez (Credits – Twitter)

Veteran went through a lean patch

It hasn’t been a great series for the batsman. In four innings, Hafeez has managed to score mere 39 runs and failed to bag any wickets as well. He was dismissed for a duck in the first innings of the decider. Trent Boult claimed his wicket and if Pakistan bats again in the game then it will mark his final innings. His career received a blow once he was demoted in the central contract list. On certain occasions, the cricketer contemplated retirement but made a steady comeback.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez last played for Pakistan in England Tests in 2016. Image Courtesy: Getty

Since making his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2003, the cricketer went on to play 54 Tests, scoring 3644 runs at an average of 38.35. He has hit 10 tons and 12 fifties so far in his career. He has now set his eyes in the upcoming 2019 World Cup and therefore wants to keep the priorities in place. We take a look at ow the internet reacted to the announcement.


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