MANCHESTER – Despite a record breaking defeat for Pakistan in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series against England, Mohammad Hafeez remains confident in his own abilities, after playing a spectacular 36-ball 69-run knock in a losing effort.
In an exclusive interview with The Dependent, Hafeez said that his innings has silenced those questioning his selection, further underlining that he’s here to stay for a long time.
“I think it was one of those performances that make a statement. And the statement that I’m making is that I’m ready to keep the next three generations of Pakistani youngsters out of the national team in a format that has historically been the breeding ground for younger blood,” he said.
Hafeez maintained that the fact that he continues to perform at such a high level shows his dedication and commitment.
“You know I could’ve easily chosen one last big money contract at T20 franchises around the world and passed on my knowledge to global youngsters. Instead I’m making big money playing for the national Pakistani side passing on my knowledge to Pakistani youngsters – the knowledge about how they should wait and watch,” he added.
When approached by The Dependent, Chief Selector and Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said that not only Hafeez but Shoaib Malik isn’t going anywhere either.
“I think by keeping youngsters out of side, these seniors are teaching their juniors about the realities of Pakistan cricket. These harsh realities need to be taught,” said Misbah.
“Plus the seniority of these seniors can be gauged by the fact that they are my seniors as well,” added the selector and coach.