Mohammad Hafeez ends ‘beautiful journey’ by retiring from international cricket

Pakistan

Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from international cricket effective immediately.

Hafeez will remain available for franchise cricket as he has signed up for another Pakistan Super League season with Lahore Qalanders.

His international career spanned more than 18 years, getting underway in April 2003 when he made his debut against Zimbabwe in Sharjah.

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All told, Hafeez played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is.

“Today I want to officially retire from my beautiful journey I started 18 years ago with Pakistan Cricket,” Hafeez said.

“I represented Pakistan with great pride and whatever I have played throughout my 18 years I played with dignity and whether it’s on the field or off the activities, I tried to raise Pakistan’s flag high.

“I am very much happy and satisfied with my career and achievements which were actually for Pakistan so this is it for me. I represented Pakistan with absolute pride but I will continue to play international leagues until I am fit and can contribute with performances.

“When you have a professional career as long as mine, you’re bound to have your share of highs and lows, and I was no different.

“Results apart, I can say with conviction that I had more highs as I had the privilege of playing with and against some of the finest exponents of the bat and the ball of my era.

“While cricket has been a great learning school for me, this great sport has provided me opportunities to visit various countries, explore their cultures and make friends.

“These are lifelong memories, which I will cherish every day. I want to thank my fans for standing beside me understanding my lean patch, cherishing my success.

“I want to thank my parents for their prayers and support due to which I was able to serve my country besides that my two clubs where I started playing cricket – Faisal cricket club in Sargodha and Apollo cricket club in Lahore – both had lifted me in my earlier stage of the career.

“I am also thankful to all my fellow cricketers, captains, support staff, Pakistan Cricket Board and fellow media who supported me during my career.”

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