OSNepalNews, Kathmandu, 5th Dec: Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez has given a shock to the cricket world as he announced his retirement from Test cricket after the end of first day’s play in the ongoing Test match against New Zealand.
The ongoing third Test against New Zealand will be Hafeez’s last in the long former of the game and he has informed the selectors that he wants to concentrate in the limited overs of the game.
After New Zealand were bowled out for 274 runs in their first innings, Hafeez departed for a duck and now he is set to bat for one last time in his Test career. The farewell series had a series to forget for the 38-year old all-rounder as he managed to score only 39 runs in four innings and failed to pick up any wicket with the ball.
“I feel time is up. I am announcing my retirement and feel happy that I worked hard in my career.” – Hafeez
Hafeez made his Test debut in 2003 against Bangladesh in Karachi and the Abu Dhabi Test is his 55th Test match. He has so far scored 3644 runs with 10 hundreds and 12 fifties. He also picked up 53 wickets with the ball despite being suspected for his bowling action several times in his career.