Veteran Pakistan All-rounder Retires From International Cricket

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stated on Monday that veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has retired from white-ball cricket.

Hafeez issued a press release announcing his decision. As a result of the ruling, he will be unavailable for all forms of international cricket.

Hafeez played in 392 international matches for Pakistan, hitting 12,780 runs and taking 253 wickets while also captaining the team in 32 matches. He played for Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, which was held in England and Wales. Hafeez has participated in three 50-over World Cups (2007, 2011, and 2019), six 20-over World Cups (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2021), and three ICC Champions Trophy tournaments (2006, 2013, and 2017).

In a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announcing the same, Mohammad 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.”

“My family, of course, made significant sacrifices to ensure that I was able to fulfil my ambition of representing Pakistan on a worldwide scale. I feel myself exceedingly happy, fortunate, and proud to have been considered worthy of donning the Pakistani national kit for the past 18 years. When you have a long professional career like mine, you’re likely to have some highs and lows, and I was no exception.”

“Results apart, I can confidently state that I enjoyed more highs since I had the opportunity of playing alongside and against some of the finest exponents of the bat and the ball of my day,” Mohammad Hafeez said. “Cricket has been a terrific learning school for me, and it has allowed me to travel to many places, learn about their cultures, and make friends. These are memories I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”

  • A Great Career

Mohammed is a right-handed batsman and right-handed off-break bowler from Punjab, Pakistan. He was brought into the club as an all-rounder who could bat and bowl. Hafeez is one of Pakistan’s most famous all-rounders, having played in all three formats of the game.

He retired from test cricket in 2018 after 55 test matches in which he scored 3652 runs and grabbed 55 wickets. He scored 6000+ runs and grabbed 139 wickets in 218 ODI matches. He has a significant impact on Pakistan’s ODI playing eleven. He scored 2659 runs and grabbed 55 wickets in 115 T20 matches.

On November 2021, he played his final match against Bangladesh.

He’s renowned as the game’s professor, and he’s in the diamond category in the PSL. For three years, he was a member of the Peshawar Zalmi, and in the fourth season of the Pakistan Super League, he captained the Lahore Qalandars.

The Bangladesh Premier League, where he plays for the Rajshahi Kings, has a significant impact. Mohammed Hafeez also had a chance to play in the BBL as a replacement for Lasith Malinga, which is a major step forward in his career.

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