PSL 2019: Mohammad Hafeez appointed Lahore Qalandars captain for the upcoming season

Hafeez was picked by Lahore after being released by Peshawar Zalmi.

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While all the buzz is about the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction at the moment, even the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is gearing up with close to two months left for its commencement. The six teams which compete in the tournament have finalised their squads and now Lahore Qalandars have appointed the former Pakistan Test cricketer Mohammad Hafeez as their captain for the upcoming season.

According to the reports in Pak Passion, Hafeez will lead the team which comprises one of the superstars of World Cricket AB de Villiers in the PSL next year. He bid adieu to the longest format of the game recently after the New Zealand Test series which Pakistan and will now concentrate only on the shorter formats ahead of the World Cup. He is in great form in the T20Is especially and would be hoping to lead from the front in the PSL for the Qalandars.

Hafeez’s T20 record

Mohammad Hafeez has been impeccable form in the shortest format ever since he has made a comeback in Pakistan side. He has constantly scored over 30 runs in almost every game in the last two series against Australia and New Zealand at home. As far as his overall T20I record is concerned, the veteran has played in 89 matches in the green jersey and has amassed 1908 runs at a decent strike-rate of 116.13.

Meanwhile, he was excited about leading the Qalandars and also went on to say that it will be a challenge for him in the next season. “Captaining Qalandars will be a challenge for me. The program has given a platform for the up and coming players. Qalandars are aiming that all international players come to Pakistan,” he said in the press conference.

When asked about his Test retirement, Hafeez said, “I have retired from Test cricket with honour and respect. However, the time frame is not right to retire from one-day internationals and T20.”

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