Pakistan all-rounder Mohammed Hafeez has retired from all forms of International Cricket ending a career spanning over 18 years. He however will continue to play T20 franchise cricket.
Mohammed Hafeez made his International debut in 2003 in an ODI against Zimbabwe & has played his last international match against Australia in the T20 World Cup Semi-final that his team lost. Earlier he announced that the T20 World Cup 2020 would be his last international assignment but the postponement of the tournament due to COVID-19 extended his stay with the team. During his illustrious career span, he has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20Is accumulating 12,780 runs across formats and 253 wickets, besides also captaining the side in 32 international matches.
Hafeez was a member of the Pakistan side that won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and Wales. Overall, Hafeez played in three 50-over World Cups (2007, 2011, and 2019), six 20-over World Cups (2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2021), and three ICC Champions Trophies (2006, 2013, and 2017).
In the ICC Player’s Rankings for batters, Mohammed Hafeez achieved the highest test ranking of 22md, 29th in bowling & 5th in the all-rounder’s rankings list. In the ODI rankings, Hafeez’s highest ranking was 13th in March 2014. He had also topped the bowling and all-rounder charts in August 2012 and January 2013, respectively.
Mohammed Hafeez’s Rankings in T20Is was quite impressive where he attained ninth ranking in batting in February 2007, third in bowling in August 2013, and number-one in all-rounders in March 2014.
Earlier, Hafeez had retired from test cricket in December 2018 but has been overlooked for ODIs after the 2019 World Cup with his last match coming against Bangladesh at Lord’s.
Mohammed Hafeez has the highest number of T20 World Cup appearances having led Pakistan to the semi-final in the 2012 T20 World Cup. He also led his team in the 2014 World Cup when Pakistan was removed from the group stage. As a captain in T20Is, he led Pakistan to glorious 18 wins in 29 matches with 11 losses.
“Today I say goodbye to international cricket with pride and satisfaction,” Hafeez said. “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”.
“I am extremely fortunate, lucky, and proud to have been considered worthy of donning the national kit with Pakistan emblem for 18 years. My country and my team have always been at my forefront and therefore, every time I stepped onto the field, I tried to raise their profile and image by playing hard and tough but within the rich traditions of the spirit of cricket”.
“When you have a professional career as long as mine, you’re bound to have your share of highs and lows, and I was no different. Results apart, I can say with conviction that I had more highs as I had the privilege of playing with and against some of the finest exponents of the bat and the ball of my era”, Hafeez signed off.
“Hafeez has been a wholehearted cricketer who worked tirelessly at his game to have a long and fruitful career,” said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. “His game evolved with time, adjusting to different formats quite intelligently. Later in his career, he became a T20 specialist, where he was never out of touch with modern demands of this testing format. His batsmanship took a sprightly turn, nailing sixes almost at will.
“He has worn the green blazer with pride for which we at the PCB are thankful. I wish him the best of luck in his future life and thank him again for his magnificent contribution to Pakistan cricket”, Ramiz Raja signed off.