Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez has announced that he will be taking retirement from the longest format of the game after the ongoing third and final match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. The all-rounder announced his decision to part ways with Test cricket at the end of the second day’s play.
It is worth noting that the lack of good form in the recent past is not the reason behind Hafeez’s retirement. The experienced Pakistan cricketer opted to quit Test cricket in a bid to shift focus on the shorter formats of the game ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Hafeez shared, “It is a personal decision and I have not taken it under any pressure. I have no regrets taking this decision. To be honest, it was a tough decision and I was thinking about it for the last couple of weeks. But, I think this is the best time for me to exit from Test cricket and put all my efforts in white-ball cricket where I feel I can offer more to Pakistan cricket move forward.”
Hafeez also took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude to all those who helped him during his illustrious career in Test cricket. The 38-year-old cricketer thanked his fans and also shared that he is extremely satisfied with whatever he has achieved and is really proud of his accomplishments.
He wrote, “I am extremely satisfied and proud to announce my retirement from Test cricket. It has been an incredible journey of my life. I would like to thank all who helped me on this beautiful journey of my Test career.”
M extremely Satisfied & Proud to announce my retirement from Test cricket, It’s been incredible journey of my life.Would like to thank all who helped me in this beautiful journey of my test career.
The experienced batsman made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh and since then he has appeared 54 Test matches for his nation and scored 3644 runs at an average of 38.40, with ten centuries and twelve half-centuries to his name. Meanwhile, in the shorter format of the game, Hafeez has represented his country in 203 matches and amassed more than 6000 runs at an average of 32.7.
He has eleven centuries and 34 half-centuries to his name in the white-ball cricket.
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