The 41-year-old introduced his choice at a press convention in Lahore. “I began this journey 18 years in the past, and I am asserting my retirement right this moment,” he stated.
“I performed for Pakistan as a result of delight [I felt]. I did not have greed, I did not wish to earn cash, I solely performed for delight. I’ve no regrets of any type. I’m utterly happy [with my career].
“It isn’t that bodily I am unable to play on. I may have performed the following World Cup as nicely however I made a decision to retire myself.
“If at any time or occasion [in future], any success is attained [by the national team], it is going to be mine as nicely.”
Hafeez stated he neither wants a farewell from the cricket board, nor has he requested for one.
PCB Chairman Raja lauds Hafeez’s ‘robust work ethic’
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who has had his confrontation with Hafeez through the years, lauded him for his “robust work ethic” and stated he’d adjusted nicely in all of the three codecs of the sport.
“His sport advanced with time, adjusting to totally different codecs fairly intelligently,” Raja is quoted as saying by Related Press. “Later in his profession, he turned a T20 specialist, the place he was by no means out of contact with fashionable calls for of this testing format. His batsmanship took a sprightly flip, nailing sixes nearly at will.”
Hafeez, also referred to as the Professor, started his skilled cricket profession in 2003. He can be remembered extra for his exploits in white-ball cricket, particularly in T20s, the place he was ranked the primary all-rounder on this planet in 2014.
His final match in Pakistan colors was the World Cup 2021 semi-final defeat to Australia when he got here in to bat on the very finish of the innings and completed unbeaten on 1 run off 1 ball. His most notable contribution in that sport was a weird double-tip ball that Australia’s David Warner smacked for a six.