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Mohammad Hafeez to delay retirement if T20 World Cup gets postponed

Pakistan’s right handed top order batsman Mohammad Hafeez has said that he’d delay his retirement from shortest format of the game if ICC T20 World Cup in Australia gets postponed this year. Part-time spin bowler said that he wanted to retire after appearing in a big tournament like t20 world cup and if it gets delayed, he’ll delay his retirement plans too.

“I gave retiring from T20 cricket after the World Cup a lot of thought. Just like when I retired from Test cricket, I decided to retire on my own terms. It took into consideration my own goals, as well as the interests of Pakistan cricket,” Hafeez said during a video conference.

Mohammad Hafeez
Photo: Mohammad Hafeez

“I want to retire from T20 cricket after playing a big tournament in which I perform well, and hopefully go out on a winning note. This is my plan, and if the World T20 is postponed to November or some later time, that doesn’t mean I won’t play it,” he quoted.

In an interview to ANI, Australia’s sports minister Richard Colbeck said that government is very optimistic about hosting men’s t20 world cup in the country this year. Coronavirus has affected sports this year all over the world and Australia is fighting pretty well against it. Government is planing very well to make sure tournament goes as per schedule and it should be safe for everyone.

“The Federal Government continues to work closely with the Local Organising Committee and state governments on planning for the Men’s T20 World Cup. Our decisive response to the pandemic and the nation’s ability to flatten the curve of the virus has resulted in the roll-out of a three-step framework for a COVID safe Australia. This has included the staged return of sport at all levels,” sports minister Richard said.

If 2020 world cup happens, we can witness at least one fourth of the audience in the stadium to catch live action.