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Wasim on Shoaib Malik & Hafiz retirement plans


Mohammad Hafeez 41 and Shoaib Malik 39 are the most senior duo in Pakistan Cricket Team right now. Spculations have been rife since years about the reitrement of both. Now Pakistani chief selector, Mohammad Wasim has given his opinion about their future for the Pakistan Cricket.

The chief selector hinted that Pakistan Cricket Board may find their replacements very soon but confirmed that the senioe duo have no intention to retire right now. Speaking on Samaa TV show, he said, “The selection committee, along with team management, will pick and choose who will play instead of the players and the same is the case with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. The players can’t choose the series they want to play,”

“We will consider the players who fit our plans for the next World Cup and we will talk to those who don’t. But right now, I won’t comment on whether they [Malik and Hafeez] will be part of our plans or not because we are looking at new players, like the ones you saw in the Bangladesh tour, as well,” he said.

Cricbuzz calls Shoaib Malik as the jack of all trades but master of none. He debuted in 1999 and since then has played 35 test matches and 287 ODIs. Hafiz, on the other hand, debuted in 2003 and has been a part of 55 Test matches and 218 ODIs since then. Shoaib Malik was left out of the squad during the West Indies home series and Mohammad Hafiz took rest during the Bangladeshi tour.

Malik was the part of 2009 T20 World Cup XI team which won the title against Srilanka whereas both Hafeez and Malik played the match in which Pakistan defeated India in the 2017 Champions Trophy Final. The senior duo are probably eyeing retirement after the 2023 50 over World Cup which will be hosted in India.

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