Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez will likely retire from international cricket after the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Hafeez has been named in Pakistan's squad for this month's T20I series against Bangladesh. He has not played the shortest format of the international game since November 2018.
“My personal plan is that I should play for Pakistan on the basis of fitness and performance. I want to play World Twenty20 and then I want to make an exit from international cricket – that is my plan, let's see how it goes,” said Hafeez.
“I have always played cricket with positive energy, I participate in training sessions with positive energy, there's no negative thinking in my mind. As a professional, yes, you have to perform.”
Bet365 have Pakistan priced at 11.00 to win the 2020 T20 World Cup. Pakistan lost the inaugural T20 World Cup (previously known as World Twenty20) final to India in 2007. They beat Sri Lanka in the 2009 final.
The veteran 39-year-old played for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League last year – and Desert Riders in the Qatar T10 League more recently.
“I'm excited to be a part of the team again and will try my level best to add value to the team set-up. Obviously there are more youngsters than seniors, so it will be great for us to share our experience with them and let them express themselves in a way that they can perform better, and do well for Pakistan for a longer period of time,” he added.
Hafeez the bowler
The talented off-spinner won't be allowed for Pakistan. His bowling action has been scrutinised after being reported last year. The results of tests won't likely be known before the series against Bangladesh starts.
“Obviously I will miss bowling. I'm ready to re-test again and I am waiting for it. Hopefully it will be done soon,” concluded Hafeez.
“I have played for Pakistan as a batsman for 17 years, bowling was always a plus that has benefited the team. I have always thought of myself as a batsman, I have scored runs as a batsman, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to keep contributing as a batsman for Pakistan.”