Mohammad Hafeez Calls it a Day on his International Cricket Career

Mohammad Hafeez Calls it a Day on his International Cricket Career

Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket, closing curtains to a Pakistan career spanning more than 18 years. Hafeez, 41, recently signed with Lahore Qalandars for the upcoming edition of the PSL and confirmed that he would continue his association with franchise teams around the world “as long as I am fit and can contribute with performances”. Hafeez retired from Test cricket in December 2018, with the selectors later preferring someone else over him in ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, where he played his last match of the format – against Bangladesh at Lord’s.

But, after being dropped from the T20I side in 2018, he was brought back in 2020 for the home series against Bangladesh, and ended the year with a staggering performance: he was the leading run-getter in the format that year, scoring at an average of 83 and a strike rate of 152. He also ended the year as the overall sixth-highest run-scorer across all T20s, with the third-highest average and the third-best strike rate.

Hafeez is also the only Pakistan player to have played in all but one T20 World Cup so far – incidentally, the one they ended up winning in 2009 – and holds the Pakistan record for most T20 World Cup appearances. As captain, Hafeez led Pakistan to the 2012 World T20 semi-final, but was also the captain when they failed to make it to the knockout stage in the 2014 edition, the first time until then that they had failed to progress to the semi-finals of the tournament. 

I will cherish the cricket memories forever – Hafeez

“Today I want to officially retire from the beautiful journey I started 18 years ago with Pakistan cricket,” Hafeez said while announcing his retirement at a press conference in Lahore. “I represented Pakistan with great pride, and whatever I have played throughout my 18 years, I played with dignity. And whether it’s on the field or off the field, I tried to raise Pakistan’s flag high. I am very happy and satisfied with my career and achievements, which were all for Pakistan. So this is it for me.”

“When you have a professional career as long as mine, you’re bound to have your share of highs and lows, and it was no different for me,” he said. “Results apart, I can say with conviction that I had more highs than lows, since I had the privilege of playing with and against some of the finest exponents of the bat and the ball of my era. While cricket has been a great learning school for me, this great sport has provided me opportunities to visit various countries, explore their cultures and make friends. These are lifelong memories, which I will cherish every day. I want to thank my fans for standing beside me understanding my lean patch, cherishing my success.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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