Muhammad Hafeez Has No Plans for Retiring Yet
Mohammad Hafeez has rejected Waqar Younis’ advice on retiring from international cricket. Hafeez wants to continue to represent the country and has informed the PCB of its intentions. Sources have revealed that the versatile player is unhappy with his place in the standings at the ICC World Cup 2019. He had also expressed his desire to open its doors against Bangladesh, but management did not accept this request.
Shoaib Malik recently retired from International Day Cricket (ODI) following Pakistan’s early exit from the 2019 World Cup. Waqar advised Hafeez to follow a similar path and put a stop to his career. However, the generalist does not share the legendary advice of the pacer. Hafeez informed the coaching staff and management that he was in top shape and satisfied with his recent performances and therefore wanted to continue to represent his country. The decision on Hafeez’s inclusion, however, rests with the selection committee.
Hafeez made 253 runs in eight matches with an average of 31.62 in World Cup 2019. It marked his only half-century against England 84, which played a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory. The 38-year-old announced his retirement from the Test cricket last year in December. He told the PCB that he would retire from ODI if he felt a better player was available for the team. Hafeez does not believe that a player from the current team is ready to take his place.