KARACHI: Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder and former skipper Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from Test cricket.
“Today I want to announce my retirement from the Test match format so that I can focus my energies on playing for Pakistan in the white ball formats. I am eyeing to represent Pakistan in the ICC World Cup next year,” Hafeez said.
“I feel honoured that I represented the country in 55 Test matches including the opportunity of captaining the team. I feel satisfied that I performed to the best of my abilities in my 15 year-long Test careers,” he added.
“I wish the Test team the very best for their upcoming assignments starting with the tour to South Africa, the team management especially the coach and captain have worked very hard in forming an exciting core of players that can serve for long,” he further said.
Meanwhile, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani has congratulated Muhammad Hafeez on his Test career which includes 10 centuries and 12 half-centuries, besides accumulating a tally of 53wickets.
“Hafeez gave some memorable and matching winning performances for Pakistan in the Test match format. He also lent great balance to the eleven with his bowling abilities. His contribution in Test cricket would be remembered for a long time. I wish him the very best for the remainder of his international career,” Mani added.