Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

Pakistan All-Rounder Mohammad Hafeez Announces Retirement From Test Cricket

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Struggling Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez said on Tuesday he was retiring from Test cricket after the ongoing third and final match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. After stumps on Day 2, he expressed his desire to call it time on his Test career.

The 38-year-old who made his debut more than a decade and a half ago against Bangladesh in 2003 is playing the 55th Test match of his career and has thus far scored 3644 runs which include 10 centuries and 12 half-centuries.

Hafeez averages 38.29 with the opportunity for one more innings to come in five-day cricket. "I had conveyed the decision to Pakistan Cricket Board and the selection committee".

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PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said: "Hafeez gave some memorable and match-winning performances for Pakistan in the Test match format; he lent great balance to the XI with his bowling abilities". "As an opener I worked hard and maintained a standard, so I am proud to have served my country". "I would also like to thank all my teammates with whom I have shared the dressing room, and the team management, who guided me throughout this journey". He has just managed to secure only 39 runs in four innings and went wicketless in the current series against New Zealand.

Mohammad Hafeez on Tuesday announced his retirement from Test cricket.

He said: "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".

"I wish the Test team the very best for their upcoming assignments, starting with the tour to South Africa". The all-rounder has informed the national selectors of his intentions to focus on the 50-overs format.

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