Muhammad Hafeez aka “The Professor” has bid farewell to International Cricket.
The announcement came at a press conference in Lahore.
He had initially announced that he would retire in 2020 after the T20 world cup but the tournament was rescheduled to 2021 and hafeez had to delay his retirement plans.
"18 Years ago, the beautiful journey that I started to represent Pakistan, today I want to officially announce my retirement from that journey"
January 3, 2022
Mohammad Hafeez made his international debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2003. He went on to play 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is, scoring 12,780 runs across formats, and finished with 32 Player-of-the-Match awards, which is the fourth-highest among Pakistan players in all international cricket. Only Shahid Afridi (43), Wasim Akram (39) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (33) are above him.
He also collected nine Player-of-the-Series awards across formats during his career.
My journey of pride representing 🇵🇰 came to an end & i m proudly retiring from international cricket with great satisfaction & joy. Thank u all for 18 years of support. Maintaining highest level of pride & dignity always is my most valuable achievement. Pakistan 🇵🇰 Zindabad— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 3, 2022
End of an Era
Hafeez was asked whether this statement had an influence on his retirement decision but Hafeez denied that Ramiz Raja’s statement made him retire. He went on to say that This decision was from his heart and not driven by any critics.
Many a great battle with this man, end of the day, we had the best time and memories we can enjoy forever!— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 3, 2022
Congratulations on a wonderful international career!
Inspired your nation and played the game the right way, well done 👊 @MHafeez22 pic.twitter.com/dJ9zyjcVYT
Huh? Finishing up @MHafeez22? Only with ‘Green-Machine’ though? 🙏 Surely still gona see you on the #T20circuit Prof? 👏🤸🏽😎 @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/wryZL8CG34— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) January 4, 2022
We started our career together and since that day, i have known u to be one of the most kindest and straightforward person. U have given so much to the world of cricket during these years n we will surely miss watchn u play for Pakistan. Wishing u prosperity ahead. @MHafeez22 pic.twitter.com/bPGCy86M5B— Umar Gul (@mdk_gul) January 3, 2022
The amount of support, love & learning I got from M. Hafeez bhai is beyond words. I still remember how he asked the SNGPL manager to play me as a specialist batsman & how he believed that I will play for Pakistan. I pray the best for you & your family @MHafeez22 bhai. #Respect pic.twitter.com/Ayx2UJDPR7— Mohammad Rizwan (@iMRizwanPak) January 3, 2022
“Champion in his own Way”@MHafeez22 Thank-You🙏🏽 for serving the Nation.Superb all round performance.Great career. All the best for your 2nd inning Haf. #WellDoneTheProfesser pic.twitter.com/PnPAb9EOhM— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) January 4, 2022
The incredible journey of some amazing & pure class with unique timer of the ball has come to an end today.— Haris Rauf (@HarisRauf14) January 3, 2022
@MHafeez22 bhai retirement is indeed a void for cricket fraternity that can't hardly be filled as it would require some real struggle to fill the void. pic.twitter.com/eKysxV2klc