Pakistani experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez revealed that he intends to retire after the T20 World Cup this year in a press conference on January 17. The 39-year-old was also included in the T20I squad for the upcoming 3-match home series against Bangladesh.
Mohammad Hafeez made his international debut in April 2003 against Zimbabwe in an ODI at Sharjah. The all-rounder has scored more than 6600 runs in ODIs and secured more than 130 wickets. He also represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, scoring 3600+ runs and taking 50+ wickets. Hafeez has also played 89 T20Is and scored 1900+ runs and earned 54 wickets at an average of 22.70.
Mohammad Hafeez said in his press conference: “My personal plan is that I want to play for Pakistan on the bases of fitness and performance in the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup. I would then like to take my exit from international cricket. That is my plan. We will have to see how it goes. Playing for Pakistan has always been an honor for me.
The all-rounder said that he will miss bowling against Bangladesh in the upcoming series and he is looking forward to taking the bowling action assessment test.
“I am ready to give bowling action test whenever and wherever the ICC asks me. Bowling is one of my positives in the game. I will miss bowling against Bangladesh.”
Last year in December, Hafeez was suspended from bowling in ECB competitions after failing a bowling action assessment test. Hafeez went through an independent assessment at Loughborough University after his action was reported by the umpires ahead of a Vitality Blast match between Middlesex and Somerset on August 30, 2019.
Pakistan will face Bangladesh in the 3 T20Is starting from January 24, 25, and 27 in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.