Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez set to retire from international cricket – Mohammad Hafeez, the former captain, has announced his retirement from international cricket, 18 years after making his debut against Zimbabwe in Sharjah on April 3, 2003.
Hafeez played in 392 international matches for Pakistan, hitting 12,780 runs and taking 253 wickets while also captaining the team in 32 games. He was a member of Pakistan’s team that won the ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in 2017. Hafeez appeared 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 matches (2006, 2013 and 2017).
Hafeez was ranked 22nd in batting, 29th in bowling, and sixth in all-rounders in the ICC Player Rankings. Hafeez’s best ODI rating was 13th in March 2014, and he topped the bowling and all-rounder statistics in August 2012 and January 2013, respectively. Hafeez’s T20I rankings were as outstanding, with a peak of ninth in batting in February 2007, third in bowling in August 2013, and first among all-rounders in March 2014.
My journey of pride representing 🇵🇰 came to an end & i m proudly retiring from international cricket with great satisfaction & joy. Thank u all for 18 years of support. Maintaining highest level of pride & dignity always is my most valuable achievement. Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 3, 2022
“Today, I say good-by to international cricket with pleasure and joy,” says Mohammad Hafeez. In reality, I have earned and done more than I could have imagined, and I am grateful to all of my teammates, captains, support staff, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their assistance during my career.
“And, of course, my family, who made significant sacrifices to ensure that I was able to fulfil my dream of representing Pakistan on a global platform.”
“I feel myself exceedingly fortunate, fortunate, and pleased to have been deemed worthy of wearing the national shirt with the Pakistan insignia for the past 18 years.” My country and team have always been in the forefront of my mind, therefore every time I onto the field, I sought to boost our image and reputation by playing hard and tough yet within the rich heritage and spirit of cricket.
“With a professional career as great as mine, you’re sure to have your fair share of ups and down, and I was no exception.” Aside from the results, I can confidently claim that I experienced more highs because I got the opportunity to play alongside and against some of best bat and ball players of my day.
“While cricket has been a terrific learning school for me, it has also offered me the opportunities to travel to different places, study their cultures, and make friends.” These are moments I will cherish for the rest of my life. “I’d like to thank my followers and fans for believing in me and supporting me throughout my career.”
“Hafeez has always been a heartfelt cricketer who worked relentlessly at his game to enjoy a long and prosperous career,” PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said.
“His game evolved over time, smartly adapting to varied formats.” Later in his career, he became a T20 expert, and he was always up to date on the latest demands of this testing format. His batsmanship improved dramatically, and he was able to hit sixes nearly at will.
“He has proudly donned the green jacket, for which we at the PCB are grateful.” I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours and congratulate him once more for his outstanding service to Pakistan cricket.”