The most senior player and ex-captain of Pakistan Cricket Team, Mohammad Hafeez has given adieu from Test Cricket. Mohammad Hafeez said last week that he will be retiring from Test cricket after the ongoing third and final match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. This has come up much earlier than expected leaving critics all around in a state of shock. In an interview, when asked for his reason to retirement from test cricket said that he is completely satisfied with his decision. He said this was the correct time for him to take his leave from the test cricket world because it is a huge challenge for him to build his mark and he didn’t want to lose it. Hafeez wanted to take woes will all respect and no regrets.
“I feel time is up. I am announcing my retirement and feel happy that I worked hard in my career,” said Hafeez, who has also played 203 one-day internationals and 89 Twenty20s.
“I had been thinking of retiring from Tests for the last two weeks and thought that now is the time to leave the five-day format but I will continue to play limited-over matches.”
His top score off 224 came against Bangladesh in Khulna in 2015 but he struggled in England the following year and was dropped.
He further mentioned that this would provide a stage for the young talent to explore their arenas in the appearing in the test-series scenario from domestic cricket and give their very best performance. Mohammad Hafeez also mentioned that for now he wants to divert all his attention towards family and cricket. Specifically the White-Ball Cricket in the upcoming World-Cup series and he wants to make improvements towards working it. PCB has acknowledged his decision.
The Abu Dhabi Test was Hafeez’s 55th match since he made his debut against Bangladesh in 2003. He has so far scored 3644 runs with 10 hundreds and 12 half centuries, with the chance to add that in his second innings in this Test.
“This is my own decision,” said Hafeez, after falling on the second day of the third Test. “I had conveyed the decision to Pakistan Cricket Board and the selection committee.”
“I am satisfied with what I have achieved,” said Hafeez. “As an opener I worked hard and maintained a standard, so I am proud to have served my country.”