Pakistan's good old professor and ex-skipper Mohammad Hafeez says that he is enjoying his game at perhaps the twilight of his long career and wants to serve his country at the highest level with immense dignity and discipline for as long as possible.
Speaking in an interview with Pakistan's Daily Times, the admirable veteran all-rounder said, “I want to serve Pakistan team with respect and my first priority is always to represent my country although there are parallel options available,” before affirming that he considered retiring only for his friends and family to help with motivation, “The attitude of some people with me was totally unacceptable which is why I started pondering over taking retirement but my family and close friends motivated me to stay positive and ensure that I end my career on the field.”
Having made a return to the Test side with a ton versus Australia at Dubai and earn man of the series award for his performance in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, the 38-year-old further said, “I’m glad that that through my performances Pakistan is winning, A key factor behind my performance since comeback is improved confidence and also knowing that this is my last chance with the Pakistan team.”
“Throughout my career I have tried to respond to my critics through performances on the field and it’s the same this time around.” he continued, “When you put your heart and soul into something for so many years, it is important to end on a high and I have the same intention,” expressing, “I’m not going to leave cricket solely on my own terms as I want to ensure that whenever I leave there is a proper replacement who can take my place for the next ten years.”
Hafeez also gave an insight into the hardwork done in order to legalise his bowling action after many ICC interventions and reiterated, “It is difficult to bowl with the same impact with a remodelled bowling action, In order to avoid being reported for suspect bowling action once again, I keep on analysing my bowling action thoroughly after every match.”
"I have been playing all three formats of the game for the past eight to ten years so adjustment is not an issue," he said and signed off with, "As soon as I am unable to meet the demands of playing every format I will step aside, but for now I think I have the form and fitness to feature in both limited overs and Test cricket."