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Mohammad Hafeez retires at 41

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.

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"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

, Lahore

Hafeez said he was completely satisfied with the years that he played for Pakistan. “With a lot of joy, satisfaction and great pride” he played for Pakistan.

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.
The 41-year-old top-order batsman has signed a contract with Lahore Qalandars for the next Pakistan Super League season and will be available for franchise cricket across the world.

End of an Era

Hafeez made his name as an opening batsman but also proved to be a handy off-spinner in white-ball cricket, topping the International Cricket Council rankings for bowlers and all-rounders in August 2012 and January 2013.
He has been one of few cricketers who opened the bowling and batting for his team in the same match.
The present PCB chairman Ramiz Raja had hinted before the T20 world cup that Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to “retire gracefully” and give chance to upcoming young talent.

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.
Ramiz Raja lauded the 41 year old on his retirement saying “Hafeez has been a wholehearted cricketer who worked tirelessly at his game to have a long and fruitful career”.
Wishs poured in from the cricket fraternity on Mohammed Hafeez’s retirement announcement.
Hafeez last played for Pakistan in the World Cup 2021 semi-final loss to Australia, when he stepped in to bat at the end of the innings and went unbeaten on one run off one ball.

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