Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, 38, will retire from Take a look at cricket after the continued third recreation towards New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, having knowledgeable chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq that he desires to deal with his limited-overs profession.
“Right this moment, I need to announce my retirement from the Take a look at-match format in order that I can focus my energies on enjoying for Pakistan within the white-ball codecs,” Hafeez stated after the second day’s play. “I’m eyeing to characterize Pakistan within the ICC World Cup subsequent 12 months. I really feel honoured that I represented the nation in 55 Take a look at matches, together with the chance of captaining the staff. I really feel glad that I carried out to one of the best of my talents in my 15 year-long Take a look at profession.
“I want the Take a look at staff the perfect for his or her upcoming assignments beginning with the tour to South Africa, the staff administration particularly the coach and captain have labored very laborious in forming an thrilling core of gamers that may serve for lengthy.”
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani paid tribute to Hafeez, saying his contribution in Take a look at cricket “can be remembered for a very long time”.
“Hafeez gave some memorable and matching-winning performances for Pakistan within the Take a look at match format,” Mani stated. “He lent nice steadiness to the XI together with his bowling talents.”
One of many longest-serving worldwide cricketers left within the recreation, Hafeez made his debut in each Take a look at and ODI cricket in 2003. He marked his worldwide debut with a half-century in a seven-wicket win towards Sri Lanka in Sharjah that April, in Pakistan’s first ODI since their disappointing displaying on the 2003 World Cup.
In all he made 10 Take a look at a whole bunch in his 15-year profession, all of them coming in Asian situations, together with a better of 224 towards Bangladesh in Khulna in 2015. His highest rating elsewhere was a hard-fought 95 towards England at The Oval in 2006, that will certainly have set his staff up for victory however for the next forfeiture of the match as a consequence of a ball-tampering furore.
Hafeez introduced his determination after he had managed solely 39 runs in 4 innings and went wicketless towards New Zealand. Having been dismissed by Trent Boult for a duck on Tuesday, he might have one ultimate probability so as to add to his 3644 Take a look at runs, ought to Pakistan return to bat of their second innings.
Hafeez’s worldwide profession gave the impression to be winding down after he was downgraded in Pakistan’s central contract record in August this 12 months, and he even contemplated retirement. However his spouse Nazia, together with the previous Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar, talked him out of it.
After a late call-up to the Pakistan Take a look at squad for his or her two-Take a look at collection towards Australia in October, Hafeez marked his return with 100 in a double-century opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq. Their 205-run partnership within the first Take a look at in Dubai was was solely the 10th double-century opening stand made towards Australia in Take a look at cricket. Nevertheless, in seven innings since his 126 in Dubai, he has not handed 20.