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Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has announced his retirement from Test cricket after the ongoing match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.
Hafeez made a comeback to the Test side against Australia in October after a hiatus of two years and since his hundred on return, he has accumulated just 66 runs in seven innings.
M extremely Satisfied & Proud to announce my retirement from Test cricket, It’s been incredible journey of my life.Would like to thank all who helped me in this beautiful journey of my test career.— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) December 4, 2018
The 38-year-old said he hung up his boots from the longest format as he wanted to shift his focus on white ball cricket and the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales next year.
“Today I want to announce my retirement from the Test match format so that I can focus my energies on playing for Pakistan in the white ball formats," said Hafeez while speaking to the media at the end of play on day two of third and final Test of 3-match series against New Zealand.
Hafeez, who fell without scoring earlier, said he was "eyeing to represent Pakistan in the ICC World Cup next year."
The all-rounder has represented Pakistan in 55 Test matches, scoring 10 centuries and 12 fifties.
“I feel honored that I represented the country in 55 Test matches including the opportunity of captaining the team, I feel satisfied that I performed to the best of my abilities in my 15 year-long Test career,” said Hafeez.
Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani congratulated Muhammad Hafeez on his Test career which comprised of 10 Test hundreds and a total of 53 wickets in the longest format.
“Hafeez gave some memorable and matching winning performances for Pakistan in the Test match format; he lent great balance to the eleven with his bowling abilities. His contribution in Test cricket would be remembered for long time. I wish him the very best for the remainder of his international career.”
Hafeez had contemplated retiring from all forms of cricket after being sidelined from the Asia Cup, but had revealed following his return to the Test side that his wife and former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar had convinced him against taking such a drastic decision.