In the latest developments from Pakistan cricket, veteran spinner all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from all international formats. Earlier he announced that he will retire after the 2020 T20 World Cup which is postponed due to several reasons and was scheduled for 2021.
He was part of the Pakistan T20I squad in the 2021 T20 World Cup where Pakistan was in top form and didn’t lose a single match until they were beaten by the World Cup winners Australia, in the semi final match.
Mohammad Hafeez has been part of the Pakistan international squad for over 18 years. He made his ODI debut in 2003 in a match against Zimbabwe. In his international career, Hafeez has scored a total of 12,780 runs and took 253 wickets in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is. His last international outing was against Australia in the T20 World Cup semi final.
In a statement released by Pakistan Cricket Board, Hafeez said, “Today I say good-bye to international cricket with pride and satisfaction. In fact, I have earned and accomplished more than I had initially envisaged and for that, I am thankful to all my fellow cricketers, captains, support staff and the Pakistan Cricket Board who helped me out during my career.”
Hafeez has retired from the international circuit but he will continue to play T20 cricket for some time now.