Mohd. Hafeez retires from international cricket

Hafeez made his international debut way back in 2003

Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has retired from international cricket, ending an 18-year career.

However, he will continue to play and will be available for T20 franchise cricket. Hafeez, who made his 2003 international debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe, played his last international game against Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final which his side lost last November. He initially announced that the 2020 T20 World Cup would be his last assignment, but the postponement of the tournament due to COVID19 extended his tenure with the team. He ended his career after having competed in 55 events, 218 ODI and 119 T20, amassing 12,780 points in all formats and 253 wickets. “Today I greet international cricket with pride and satisfaction,” Hafeez said.

“In fact, I have won and accomplished more than I originally planned and for that I am grateful to all of my cricket mates, captains, support staff and the Pakistan Cricket Board who have helped me through everything. throughout my career. I am extremely lucky, lucky and proud to have been deemed worthy to wear the national team jersey with the Pakistan crest for 18 years. My country and my team have always been at the forefront- guard and therefore, every time I stepped onto the pitch, I tried to raise their profile and image by playing hard and hard, but in the rich traditions of the cricket spirit. “When you have a career professional as long as mine, you’ve got to have your share of ups and downs, and I was no different.Aside from the results, I can say with conviction that I got higher as I had the privilege of playing with and against some of the best club and ball players of my time. Previously, Hafeez retired from test cricket in December 2018. He was later neglected for ODI after the 2019 World Cup with his last game against Bangladesh at Lord’s. Hafeez has the most appearances in the T20 World Cup, having led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2012 T20 World Cup. He also led the team in 2014 when Pakistan was ousted in the 2012 T20 World Cup. group stage.

As captain of the T20, he led Pakistan to 18 wins in 29 games with 11 losses. Hafeez was a sincere cricketer who worked tirelessly on his game to have a long and successful career, ”said PCB President Ramiz Raja. Later in his career he became a T20 specialist, where he was never in touch with the modern demands of this test format – a fast race, tackling six almost at will.”He wore the green blazer with a pride for which we are grateful. I wish him good luck for his future life and thank him again for his magnificent Pakistani cricket contribution.

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