Hafeez to retire from Test cricket after ongoing Abu Dhabi Test

8:51 AM ETUmar FarooqPakistan correspondent, ESPNcricinfo FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprint

Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, 38, will retire from Test cricket after the ongoing third game against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi, having informed chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq that he wants to focus on his limited-overs career.

He announced his decision after he had managed only 39 runs in four innings and went wicketless against New Zealand. Hafeez, who was dismissed by Trent Boult for a duck on Tuesday, could add to his 3644 Test runs should Pakistan return to bat in their second innings.

Hafeez’s international career appeared to be winding down after he had been downgraded in Pakistan’s central contract list in August this year, and he even contemplated retirement. But, his wife and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar talked him out of it.

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