Former Pakistan captain and all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket. Muhammad Hafeez’s career spanned 18 years. He started his international cricket career on April 3, 2003, against Zimbabwe. He last represented Pakistan against Australia in the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup on November 11, 2021.
He scored 12780 runs in 392 international matches and also took 253 wickets. He also led Pakistan in 32 international matches. He was part of the winning national team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. He represented Pakistan in 3 World Cups consisting of 50 overs and 6 World Cups consisting of T20 format. During this time, he also competed in the 3rd ICC Champions Trophy.
Muhammad Hafeez statement regarding retirement
Speaking at a press conference in Lahore, Hafeez said that he was proud to announce his retirement from international cricket today. He said that he never imagined where he is today. It is all because of cricket, so he is grateful to all his fellow cricketers, captains, sports staff, and Pakistan Cricket Board. Who helped him in his 18-year international cricket career. Mohammad Hafeez added that he was also grateful to his family, who made great sacrifices to fulfill his dream of representing Pakistan at the international level. He said that he was lucky and proud to wear the green color of Pakistan for 18 years. Mohammad Hafeez said that he faced many ups and downs in his career, but during this time, he got the honor of playing with the best players of his time.
Statement of Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Rameez Raja
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Rameez Raja said that Muhammad Hafeez played cricket to the fullest. He worked tirelessly to build a long career in international cricket. Chairman PCB said that Muhammad Hafeez’s cricket got better and better with time. He further said that Mohammad Hafeez proudly wore a green blazer, for which PCB is grateful to him. We wish him all the best for the future and thank him once again for his outstanding contribution to Pakistan cricket.