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'I want to play the T20 World Cup and then exit from the team' - Mohammad Hafeez
Hafeez Retiring?

'I want to play the T20 World Cup and then exit from the team' - Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez has declared his intentions to quit international cricket following the conclusion of the T20 World Cup later this year.

The 39-year-old all-rounder last turned out in a T20I back in November 2018 but has been recalled to the Pakistan squad for the upcoming home series against Bangladesh.

The inclusion of Hafeez in the 15-member squad comes as a surprise given the fact he was dropped from the white-ball side along with Shoaib Malik after the ICC World Cup in July 2019.

Their return to the national set-up was made possible due to the insistence of T20 skipper Babar Azam, who said the duo had "plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket in the shortest format".

Treating the forthcoming T20 assignment as an audition for securing a spot for the marquee event in Australia in October, Hafeez stated his ambitions of ending his career on a high note.

Hafeez, often dubbed the "professor" for his astute knowledge of the game, said the tournament will be his last appearance at the apex level.

"It has been a privilege. I want to play the Twenty20 World Cup and then exit from Pakistan's international team," he told reporters in Lahore.

Hafeez has been engaged in various franchise-based competitions during the period of his absence from the international arena.

His modest record in this timeframe, including a stint at the Caribbean Premier League, nevertheless convinced the selectors to seek his experience in the middle-order.

“Well, it was not a surprise to me to be honest because I’m always available for the team,” he said.

“There are more youngsters than seniors so it will be great for us to share the experience with them and let them express themselves in a way so they can perform and do well for a long period of time," he was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

Hafeez's long tussle with repeated scrutiny of his bowling action has been a problem plaguing his playing career.

He has been reported on three occasions in international cricket and also faced a one-year ban from bowling in 2015.

This aspect of his all-round skills has once again been drowned in uncertainty since he was suspended by the ECB from bowling last month.

Despite the challenge, Hafeez is confident he has a lot to offer solely with his batting though he is currently tweaking his bowling action to make the necessary adjustments.

"I have played 17 years for Pakistan and tried my level best. At times I missed my bowling," he admitted.