“Hafeez wanted to continue”: Shahid Afridi on Hafeez’s Retirement

Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez announced his retirement on the 3rd of January in a Press Conference called by PCB. While he stated that he could have played the game for more but he is retiring on his own. Speaking on Samaa TV show Game Set Match, Afridi said that the 41-year-old all-rounder wanted to play for the country as can be seen from his body language.

“I was listening to his [Hafeez] statement and it was clear from the body language that he wanted to play more cricket for Pakistan rather than leaving early,” said Afridi.

There were retirement speculations about both Hafeez and Malik who are the senior duos of the Pakistani team at the moment. A few days ago, the chief selector refused to speculate on the future of Hafeez and Malik and hinted that the management may be looking for younger faces in the future. “The selection committee, along with team management, will pick and choose who will play instead of the players and the same is the case with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. The players can’t choose the series they want to play,”

Afridi said that there was likely a communication gap between Mohammad Hafiz and the PCB officials which influenced the cricketer to take retirement, “I always talk about communication gap between the PCB and players and I have a strong feeling that the same was the case with Hafeez. Although, it was good to see that he didn’t turn that into a major issue,”

Afridi praised the former cricketer for his accomplishments in Pakistan Cricket. The batsman was part of the 2017 Champion Trophy final where Pakistan defeated India comprehensively. The player represented Pakistan in 392 International matches and took 253 wickets and also scored 12,780 runs. The cricketer however will continue to play franchise cricket. Hafeez is a part of Lahore Qalandars.

Why Mohammaed Hafeez is called the “Professor”?

Hafeez revealed in an interview that he was given the nickname by his agent due to his curiosity in Cricket. “I think they gave me this name for my inquisitive nature and understanding of cricket. In fact, I give a lot of respect to cricket as a sport. I follow my discipline very seriously,” Hafeez said in the interview given to Gulf times”. The nickname became popular when Ramiz Raja commentated about it on-air.

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