Last week, Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez retired from all codecs of worldwide cricket. He’ll proceed enjoying T20 leagues. He had initially introduced that the 2020 T20 World Cup could be his last project for Pakistan. When the event was pushed to 2021 due to Covid-19, Hafeez ended up extending his time with Pakistan.
Hafeez, 41, nicknamed Professor, had retired from Check cricket in 2018. He was not chosen for the ODI in opposition to Bangladesh at Lord’s within the World Cup in 2019. His final worldwide recreation was the ICC T20 World Cup semi-final in opposition to Australia in UAE in November 2021.
Hafeez made his worldwide debut in opposition to Zimbabwe in Sharjah in April 2003. He made his Check debut in opposition to Bangladesh in Karachi on August 20 the identical 12 months. He performed his final Check in August 2016 in opposition to England during which he scored zero and a couple of.
He performed 55 Checks, 218 One-day Internationals and 119 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan. In Checks, he scored 3,652 runs at a mean of 37.64, together with 10 centuries and 12 fifties.
In ODIs, Hafeez scored 6614 runs, averaging 32.90 with 11 hundred and 38 half-centuries.
Within the shortest format, he managed 2,514 runs with the typical of 26.46, together with 14 fifties.
Moreover this, he took 53, 139 and 61 wickets in Check, ODIs and T20Is, respectively.
Regardless of a number of abilities, Hafeez didn’t cement his place in his first seven years in worldwide cricket, primarily on account of his incapability to transform his begins into substantial scores. He scored loads of fairly 30s and 40s.
In his 18-year-long profession, Hafeez scored 12,789 runs and took 253 wickets whereas representing Pakistan in 392 worldwide matches, together with three ICC ODI world cups and 6 T20 world cups.
He obtained 32 Man-of-the-Match awards in all worldwide cricket, the fourth-highest amongst Pakistan gamers, behind Shahid Afridi (43), Wasim Akram (39) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (33).
Hafeez additionally earned 9 Man-of-the-Collection awards throughout codecs.
After being dropped from the T20I aspect in 2018, he was recalled in 2020 for the house sequence in opposition to Bangladesh, and ended the 12 months with a outstanding run. He was the main run-getter within the format that 12 months, scoring at a mean of 83 and a strike fee of 152. He ended the 12 months as the general sixth-highest run-scorer throughout all T20s, with the third-highest common and the third-best strike fee.
Hafeez had a robust opinion in opposition to the collection of gamers who have been concerned in match fixing. He against collection of quick bowler Muhammad Amir in 2016. Hafeez turned down Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Chittagong Vikings’s provide of round Rs10 million in 2015-16, as a result of Chittagong had Amir of their squad.
He stated he wouldn’t share the dressing room with a participant who had tarnished the picture of Pakistan.
In 2018, Hafeez was not joyful together with his demotion to B class when the PCB central contracts have been introduced. Hafeez selected to not signal the contract. He stated if PCB didn’t give him respect and restore his A class he would depart cricket.
However the PCB appeared bored with revising the contract provided to Hafeez.
Based on some experiences, then coach Mickey Arthur and different officers determined to favour younger gamers to arrange for the 2019 World Cup. Arthur was reportedly not eager on together with Hafeez on the earth cup squad.
Hafeez was banned as a bowler thrice, in November 2014, July 2015 and October 2017. However each time he managed to return again after remedial work on his motion.
After a disappointing Check sequence in opposition to New Zealand in UAE in 2018, the struggling opener introduced retiring from Checks. In his farewell Check, in opposition to New Zealand in Abu Dhabi he scored zero and eight.
He was additionally axed from the Asia Cup squad as Inzamam-ul-Haq, chairman of the nationwide choice committee, wished to present different gamers an opportunity. Hafeez went again to home cricket and mounted pressures on the selectors together with his performances with each bat and ball.
His double-century for Sui Northern Gasoline Pipelines, in opposition to Habib Financial institution Restricted, within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy boosted his case for a return.
In April 2020, then commentator Ramiz Raja suggested Shoaib Malik and Hafeez to stop worldwide cricket to create area for children. Ramiz’s argument was that Pakistan had a very good pool of gamers and should transfer forward with them.
However Hafeez and Malik insisted they nonetheless had loads of cricket left in them.
Maybe essentially the most fascinating element of his profession is his failure in opposition to South Africa’s quick bowler Dale Steyn who dismissed him 15 instances in worldwide matches. The 2 got here throughout one another 28 instances since January 26, 2007, when in Cape City Steyn first bowled to Hafeez.
Just lately he signed with Lahore Qalandars for the 2022 version of the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) and confirmed that he would proceed to be accessible for franchise groups world wide “so long as I’m match and might contribute with performances”.