‘My career, my choice’ Hafeez on repetitive retirement questions

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Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has clarified that he will not stop playing cricket on someone’s opinion.

The 39-year-old while talking to reporters on Monday via videoconference replied to former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja’s advice about retiring from international cricket in order to give youngsters the platform.

“I’m not playing cricket on anyone’s desire and will not stop playing cricket based on someone’s opinion. I’ve been justifying my selection for the last 17-18 years by my performances and will continue to do it. I will cut off this topic on this note that it’s my career, my choice,” Hafeez said.

Hafeez also stated that his aim is still to play the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, which is in uncertainty due to COVID-19 tensions.

“I decided to retire after playing the T20 World Cup, if this tournament postpones or have some changes in its schedule, I will maintain myself to play the tournament,” he added.

Hafeez also requested the International Cricket Council (ICC) to view bowling angle regulations which were implemented a few years back and had a strict impact on off-spinners.

“Beauty of the game has disappeared due to some regulations. The excitement between the ball and bat has been limited. In order to protect and modernize this game, some changes must be considered,” he added.

Hafeez on the question of returning back to Test cricket on England tour said if any situation appears on the tour to play then he is available.

It must be noted that Hafeez retired from the elite format of the game in 2018 against New Zealand because he wanted to focus on white-ball cricket.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a 29-player squad for three Tests and three T20Is against England. The Pakistan team will leave for ‘bio-secure’ England tour on June 28 via a chartered plane.

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