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The 39-year-old Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has confirmed that he will continue his T20I career if the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 gets postponed. He wants to retire from international cricket after participating in the next Men’s T20 World Cup.
Australia has the responsibility to host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 which has been scheduled to run between 18th October and 15th November 2020. A total of 16 teams will participate in this tournament. However, the fate of this tournament is currently very doubtful due to the ongoing global pandemic.
Though the International Cricket Council (ICC) is still hopeful to organise the tournament on time, the reality is not showing the same picture.
Mohammad Hafeez: I want to retire from T20 cricket after playing a big tournament
On the other hand, Mohammad Hafeez earlier announced that he would retire from international cricket after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. But while the upcoming T20 World Cup has the deep chance to get postponed, Hafeez has clarified that he will continue his international career till the next T20 World Cup. The veteran cricketer wants to sign off his international career after playing a big tournament where he can help his nation to win a tournament.
In a recent video conference, Hafeez claimed, “I gave retiring from T20 cricket after the World Cup a lot of thought. Just like when I retired from Test cricket, I decided to retire on my own terms. It took into consideration my own goals, as well as the interests of Pakistan cricket.”
“I want to retire from T20 cricket after playing a big tournament in which I perform well, and hopefully go out on a winning note. This is my plan, and if the World T20 is postponed to November or some later time, that doesn’t mean I won’t play it.”
After making his international debut in 2003, Hafeez has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 91 T20Is. The right-handed batsman has scored 3652 Test runs, 6614 ODI runs and 1992 T20I runs. On the other hand, the off-spinner has taken 53 Test wickets, 139 ODI wickets and 54 T20I wickets.
While Hafeez retired from the Test cricket in December 2018, he is still active in the limited-overs format for the Pakistan team. Though he played his last T20I in early this year, his last ODI was against Bangladesh during Pakistan’s last game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.