The Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, fondly called as ‘Professor’ by his teammates, has decided to retire from all forms of cricket. He has represented Pakistan in 392 international matches, scored 12,780 runs, and took 253 wickets. PCB called a Press conference today in Lahore where Hafeez announced his retirement. “I am satisfied with my career. I played for Pakistan. I didn’t want to earn money. I have no regrets of any kind,” he said
The Pakistan all-rounder was 41 years of age and there were rumors of retirement plans from both him and Shoaib Malik. Hafeez looked to be playing in the 2023 World Cup but decided to retire himself. Upon being asked whether change in the management forced him to retire early, the all-rounder said, “I could have played the next World Cup as well but I decided to retire myself.”
The player will continue to play in the Pakistan Super League. Mohammad Hafeez has had a memorable experience in his career. He was a part of the Pakistan team that won the 2017 Champions Trophy final against India. He was also in the side when Pakistan defeated India for the first time in World Cup in the 2021 T20 World cup event.
Did the selectors indicated the retirement of the Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez?
A few days ago, the chief selector indicated that the selection committee may look to younger players in due course of time. 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,”
Ramiz Raja paid tribute to the all-rounder and said that the cricketer has worked tirelessly for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.
“He has worn the green blazer with pride for which we at the PCB are thankful. I wish him the best of luck for his future life and thank him again for his magnificent contribution to Pakistan cricket.”
Now that Mohammad Hafeez has retired, there were plenty of rumors about the retirement of Shoaib Malik. The 39-year-old has played 35 test matches, 287 ODIs and 124 T20s and made his debut in 2001.