So Pakistan’s T20I squad that will take on the Bangladesh Cricket Team in a series of three T20Is has been announced and the fans of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are dancing in joy.
The Misbah-ul-Haq led selection committee opted for both the senior players in the squad and it seems that the seasoned all-rounders will now also cement their place in the ICC World T20 in Australia.
The inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik is also drawing a lot of criticism from the experts as they are questioning the lack of vision and clarity from the selection committee.
However, Mohammad Hafeez is looking quite happy to regain his place in the T20I side and the experienced all-rounder also revealed his future plans.
Hafeez is aiming to play international cricket on merit and also wants the youngsters to grab the opportunities with both hands.
He further added that he wants to add value to the squad with his all-round skills and he is looking forward to ending his international career after the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
Hafeez’s journey has been truly inspirational for all of us because after failing in his first few international series’, Mohammad Hafeez made an exceptional comeback to the national side in 2010.
He also part of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and was later made the T20I captain of Pakistan in 2012. Hafeez has played many memorable innings for Pakistan including a match-winning half-century in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against India.
The all-rounder has also delivered some match-winning bowling spells in his career and he’s an asset for any team in the world to have in their side. Mohammad Hafeez last played a T20I for Pakistan in November 2018 and recorded a memorable outing against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Hafeez was dropped from the white-ball setup of Pakistan after the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and his inclusion in the squad against Bangladesh is coming as a surprise for many.
It is also being revealed that the T20I skipper of Pakistan wanted both Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in his squad as he believed that the young team would learn a lot from the two senior players.
“It was an honor to play for Pakistan and I want to end my international career after the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.” Hafeez told the reporters.
Despite his absence from the international arena, Hafeez was involved in various franchise-based T20 competitions. Nonetheless, his impressive record in this time frame, including tenure at the Caribbean Premier League, convinced selectors to try out his middle-order experience.
Hafeez’s long tussle has been a problem plaguing his playing career with constant criticism at his bowling action.
“I played for Pakistan for 17 years and tried my best level. I missed my bowling at times,” he said.
He was reported in international cricket on three occasions, and also served a one-year bowling ban in 2015. This dimension of his all-round skills has once again wiped in doubt since the ECB disqualified him from bowling last month.
Considering the challenge, Hafeez is optimistic that with his batting alone he has a lot to offer, although he is currently changing his bowling action to make the changes that are needed.