'It is shocking when you are not selected despite performing' - Mohammad Hafeez

‘It is shocking when you are not selected despite performing’ – Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez's last appearance came in World Cup against Sri Lanka.

Mohammad Hafeez. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammad Hafeez, who is one of the prolific all-rounders of Pakistan, is surprised by his fall-out from the limited-overs squad. But, he looks confident and is keen to make a strong comeback in the team. He along with his fellow teammate Shoaib Malik were axed from the team after poor performances in World Cup 2019.

Hafeez, nicknamed as “Professor” in the team, thinks that he still has a lot of cricket left in him. Recently, the newly appointed T20I skipper Babar Azam recited in a conference before departing for Australia that his suggestions to include senior players for Australia series were turned down by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“My entire career I have been in an and out, says Mohammad Hafeez 

39-year-old feels that throughout his career, he has been in and out. But, it is surprising that after performing well, he has to sit out of the team. “My entire career I have been in an and out of the side. It obviously comes as a shock when you are not selected despite performing and being of international standard,” Hafeez said as quoted by Geo Tv.

He also looked optimistic about playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan. And thinks that challenges are a part of life that one needs to overcome, “Challenges are part of life but I am positive as always. I am never disappointed. Believe that I can keep on playing white-ball cricket for Pakistan. I will always be available whenever I am deemed good enough and recalled to the side.” all-rounder added.

Hafeez also wished Pakistan team ahead of their difficult tour to Australia, “I hope that Pakistan performs well against Australia, and whatever kids have been picked make the country proud,” he said.

Men in Green are scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against Australia. This will be the first time that Pakistan will open their account in the ICC Test Championship. Hafeez’s last appearance came back in World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka. He was not even picked in home series against islanders. Hafeez has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 89 T20Is in which he managed to get more than 10,000 international runs with 246 wickets.

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