Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has made announced that he will hang his boots from all forms of international cricket after the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. He was recently selected in the Pakistan squad for the T20I series against Bangladesh. Hafeez is now 38 years old and has played a lot of international cricket for Pakistan in all the three formats. He made his international debut in the year 2003 and has been a seasoned campaigner for Pakistan since then.
Hafeez has played a total of 55 Test matches and has scored 3652 runs at an average of 37.64. In ODIs, he has played 216 games scoring 6614 runs at an average of 32.90. His highest score in ODIs is 140*. Hafeez has played a total of 89 T20I matches for Pakistan and has scored 1908 runs at an average of 24.46.
Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement
Mohammad Hafeez has made it clear that he will not continue in international cricket after the ICC T20 World Cup this year. “It has been a privilege,” he told media. “I want to play the Twenty20 World Cup and then exit from Pakistan’s international team.”
The ICC T20 World Cup will take place in Australia this year. Pakistan is one of the major contenders to clinch the title as it has been playing some good T20 cricket in the recent times. Currently, it is ranked first in the ICC T20 Team Rankings. Hafeez’s all-round contribution can prove to be a turn around for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup.
Bangladesh will tour Pakistan in the month of January this year. The tour will comprise 3 T20Is, 2 Tests, and a single ODI game. International cricket has returned to Pakistan after a long time now. All the three T20I games will be played in Lahore.
Star batsman Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in the T20I format. Mushfiqur Rahim as opted out of the tour citing personal reasons. Shaheen Afridi has also been included in the Pakistan squad. It will be interesting to see the young Pakistan squad in action.