Pakistan’s opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez is going to retire from test cricket. Hafeez is currently playing test series against New Zealand in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hafeez has represented Pakistan in 54 test matches. Hafeez announced retirement in a video message today during the ongoing third test at Abu Dhabi. Hafeez will continue to play One Day Internationals (ODI) and Twenty-20 Internationals (T20I).
In 54 tests, Hafeez has scored 3644 runs at an average of 38.35, he made ten centuries in his career with best figures of 224 against Bangladesh. He made his test debut against Bangladesh in August 2003 in which he scored a half century followed by a maiden century in the very next game. Hafeez has also captained Pakistan in all the three formats of the game. Hafeez is phenomenal in Asia or it is right to say that conditions in Asia suits his nature of the game but seen struggling on bouncy tracks. Hafeez has remodeled his bowling action twice after being banned twice.
Hafeez’s performance in the ongoing test series against New Zealand has not been good so far. In two games of the three-match test series, Hafeez scored 30 runs in the first test (both innings) and 9 runs in the first inning of the second test. He got a duck in the first inning of the third test. Hafeez after being dropped from the Asia Cup squad made a comeback in Australia series and proved his critics wrong by playing some extraordinary cricket in limited overs, unfortunately, he could not keep his form and failed miserably in the test.
Hafeez in his retirement video said that he wants to focus on limited overs cricket. No doubt he is a ruling player in the T20 format. He has represented Peshawar Zalmi in first three editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). In the first season, he scored 220 runs in 10 matches at an average of 22 including a single half-century. In second edition he scored 153 runs, averaging 17 with a single half century. In the third edition, he scored 297 runs in 13 matches at an average of 27 with two half centuries. In the fourth edition of PSL, he will represent Lahore Qalandars.