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Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from Test cricket

Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez announces retirement from Test cricket

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Pakistan is now playing the final Test match of the series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has proclaimed his intentions to retire from this format following the conclusion of this game. The former captain won a shock recall to the Pakistan Test squad as the 18th player just before the series against Australia in October after being constantly ignored by the national selectors and team management in the last few months. The 38-year-old Hafeez made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh and since then has appeared in 54 matches, besides playing in 203 ODIs and 89 T20 Internationals.

"I feel time is up".

'Today, I want to announce my retirement from the Test-match format so that I can focus my energies on playing for Pakistan in the white-ball formats, ' said the 38-year-old Hafeez.

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His early career was marked by off-and-on performances before he settled in the team in 2011. His highest score in the longest format is 224, which he scored in Khulna against Bangladesh in 2015.

Hafeez said he was not forced into retirement.

"This is my own decision", said Hafeez, after falling for nought on the second day of the third Test. I am looking to represent Pakistan in the ICC World Cup next year.

Hafeez came back after a two-year gap in October, notching a brilliant 126 against Australia in Dubai but he has struggled since. He has also taken 53 wickets. After the second report of his action in August 2014 Hafeez was banned from bowling at global level for 12 months. I feel honoured that I represented the country in 55 Test matches including the opportunity of captaining the team. Thank you very much to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), they helped me in each and every step of my career.


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