Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, on Tuesday, announced his retirement from Test cricket on the second day of the final Test against New Zealand. The veteran allrounder has informed the officials he wants to focus more on the limited-overs format.
Moreover, the 38-year-old struggling Pakistan opener was under heavy pressure. He only managed to score 66 runs in seven innings since scoring a century against Australia in Dubai last month following his recall to five-day cricket.
The Abu Dhabi Test is Mohammad Hafeez’s 55th Test game since making his debut against Bangladesh in Karachi in 2003. He has so far scored 3644 runs with ten hundred and 12 half-centuries in the red-ball cricket. He has informed the selectors that he is going to focus on his limited-overs form. Well, the right-hander will be looking to prepare himself for the 2019 World Cup which is not that far away.
Mohammad Hafeez decided to say goodbye to Test cricket
The right-hander got dismissed by New Zealand’s pacer Trent Boult for a duck on the second day of the third and final Tes on Tuesday. He has just managed to secure only 39 runs in four innings and went wicketless in the current series against New Zealand.
“I feel time is up, I am announcing my retirement and feel happy that I worked hard in my career,” said Mohammad Hafeez.
Furthermore, Pakistan is currently playing their last Test game against the Kiwis. Pakistan will be pleased with 139/3 on the board given that they lost their openers cheaply. They trail by another 135 runs, but with seven wickets in hand and a very solid-looking Azhar Ali batting on 62, they will be looking to dominate the proceedings.