38 year old Pakistani All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez is set to retire from Test Cricket after the ongoing 3rd and Final Leg of the Test Series against New Zealand. He informed the Chief Selector of PCB that he wants to shift his focus towards the limited over formats of the game.
“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 further added. “I am eyeing to represent Pakistan in the ICC World Cup next year. I feel honored 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.
I wish the Test team the very best for their upcoming assignments starting with the tour to South Africa, the team management especially the coach and captain have worked very hard in forming an exciting core of players that can serve for long.”
After Hafeez’s statement PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani went on to laud the all rounders contribution to Pakistan Cricket.
“Hafeez gave some memorable and matching-winning performances for Pakistan in the Test match format,He lent great balance to the XI with his bowling abilities.”
Mohammad Hafeez happens to be one of the longest-serving international cricketers left in test Cricket. Hafeez made his professional debut 15 years ago in both Test and ODI cricket. He rose to the occasion on his international debut and scored a half-century in a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka at Sharjah that April, which was also Pakistan’s first ODI win since their disappointing performance at the 2003 ICC World Cup.
During his 15 year long test cricket career , Hafeez managed to score 10 Test Hundred. All hundreds came on Asian playing conditions. His best was 224 Runs against Bangladesh in 2015.
Hafeez’s decision to retire came after he had scored only 39 runs in four innings and took 0 Wickets against New Zealand. The all rounder’s career started dwindling when he was downlist last year; he was even thinking of retiring but due to his family’s support and the support of Bowling Veteran Shoaib Akhtar, Hafeez changed his mind.
Mohammad Hafeez willl surely be missed by his fans, but still we feel honored to have witnessed such Cricketing Prowess by Hafeez