Pakistan ace all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has expressed his desire to play the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia before he bids adieu to International cricket for Pakistan. The 39-year old has decided to call time upon his career post the T20 World Cup in October 2020.
Hafeez, who has witnessed a topsy turvy ride in last 17 years of his career playing for Pakistan, wants to finish on a high with Men in Green being crowned champions in the upcoming ICC event.
Hafeez, who made his debut in 2003, has had a really successful limited-overs career for Pakistan, He couldn’t attain enough success in his 55-Test playing career before he retired from the longest format in late 2018, but still continues to add value to Pakistani setup in the white-ball format.
After a string of low scores in World Cup 2019, Hafeez was dropped from the side but has now been recalled into the T20I squad for the upcoming series against Bangaldesh. In his interaction with the media, the all-rounder opened on his future in the shortest format.
“It has been a privilege. I want to play the Twenty20 World Cup and then exit from Pakistan’s international team. I have played 17 years for Pakistan and tried my level best. At times I missed my bowling,” Mohammad Hafeez was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
In his 362 appearances for the Men in Green, the Punjab-lad has scored 12.174 runs including 21 centuries across formats. His highest Test score of 224 came against Bangladesh during the fag end of his Test career in 2015.
With a return to the international scene, the off-spinner will hope to make some mighty fine contributions in the time available in his hand. In a year that will culminate with the T20 World Cup, Hafeez would hope to cement his place in the squad and help his team with his plethora of experience gained in so many years of playing this format.
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