Pakistan Cricket Team’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 38. On Sunday, Hafeez informed his fans about his retirement by quoting the media. The right-handed batsman, who had made a dent for Pakistan in all three formats at one time, had retired from Test cricket in the year 2018. Hafeez was selected for the T20 series against Bangladesh starting in Lahore on Thursday, 24 January.
Mohammad Hafeez said goodbye to international cricket
Mohammad Hafeez, who was batting right-handed and bowling right-arm off-spin, started his international career in 2003 with a Test match against Bangladesh. Now after 18 years, he has decided to say goodbye to international cricket. Hafeez announced his retirement in the presence of the media. They said,
My journey of pride representing 🇵🇰 came to an end & i m proudly retiring from international cricket with great satisfaction & joy. Thank u all for 18 years of support. Maintaining highest level of pride & dignity always is my most valuable achievement. Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 3, 2022
“It is a matter of great pride for me to play cricket for Pakistan for a long period of 18 years. I could have played in the T20 World Cup to be held later this year, but I think this is the right time to say goodbye to international cricket.
However, Hafeez will continue to play in the T20 league for now. Regarding this, he has said that, as long as my body and form will support me. Till then I will continue to play in T20 leagues.
Brilliant international record
Hafeez is famous in the world of cricket as Professor. Hafeez has represented Pakistan in 55 Test matches. In these matches, a total of 3652 runs have been scored from the bat of this right-handed all-rounder, he has taken 53 wickets in the same bowling. Apart from this, Hafeez scored 6614 runs in 218 ODIs and took 139 wickets.
Like Test and ODI, Hafeez has been very successful in T20 cricket too. He has played 119 T20 matches in his 18-year long international career in which he has scored 2514 runs, and has taken 61 wickets. The performance of the Pakistani team in the T20 World cup 2021 under the captaincy of Babar Azam was quite spectacular. They had won all their group stage matches before a thrilling defeat against Australia in the semi-final match.