Hafeez says good-bye to international cricket
The 41-year-old has announced his retirement from international cricket but will be available for franchise cricket and recently has signed a deal with Lahore Qalandars for the 7th edition of PSL. While he had initially announced that the 2020 T20 World Cup would be his final assignment for Pakistan, the tournament was pushed to 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Hafeez ended up extending his time with Pakistan.
“Today I say good-bye to international cricket with pride and satisfaction. In fact, I have earned and accomplished more than I had initially envisaged and for that, I am thankful to all my fellow cricketers, captains, support staff and the Pakistan Cricket Board who helped me out during my career,” Hafeez said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Hafeez represented Pakistan in 392 international matches in which he scored 12,789 runs and took 253 wickets. He has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is for the country including three ICC ODI World Cups and six T20 World Cups.
His international debut came in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2003 and his last match was Pakistan’s defeat to Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final last November.
During a successful career, he won 32 Player-of-the-Match awards, the fourth highest among Pakistan players in all international cricket, with only Shahid Afridi (43), Wasim Akram (39) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (33) placed ahead of him.
Besides, Hafeez also earned nine Player-of-the-Series awards, which made him joint-second in the all-time list with Imran Khan, Inzamam and Waqar Younis.
Netizens heaped praise in the honour of the professor’s retirements with appreciation videos and posts piling up on Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and Tiktok. Many legends of the game also bid a happy farewell to Hafeez and shared their good wishes for his future endeavours.
Hafeez shared that he is very satisfied with what he has achieved in his career which spanned over two decades which is an achievement in itself, with exceptional sportsmanship and courage Hafeez came over a lot of lows in his career like getting banned from bowling over an illegal bowling action and transitioning over to a specialist batsman from an allrounder this is one of many feats that are to his name, surely Hafeez will be remembered as a man of courage and focus and his service to Pakistan being exemplary he will always be in the list of greats of the game with an attitude of never giving up and always proving his critics wrong and even earning praise from them he has achieved what many have failed to do before him, with Hafeez’s retirement an era has surely ended.