26 November 2020
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Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has hit back at former captain and now a renowned commentator Ramiz Raja for asking him to retire from the game.

The 40-year-old has been in outstanding form in the shortest
format of the game in 2020 where he is sixth-highest scorer in the world with
865 runs in 27 innings at an average of 45.52, which included seven
half-centuries.

Despite his impressive run in T20 cricket, Ramiz repeatedly
reiterated his point of view that he and Shoaib Malik should bid farewell to
the game and give chance to youngsters.

Hafeez, in an interview with Cricket Pakistan, hit back at the former opening batsman and believes that his 12-year-old son can understand cricket better than Ramiz.

“I believe that every citizen in Pakistan is entitled to
freedom of expression and I have always respected others opinion,” the Lahore
Qalandars batsman said. “If we are talking about Ramiz Raja, I highly respect
what he has achieved in his career but I always had reservations on his
cricketing sense and awareness. I have a 12-year-old son who has far better
judgement than the former cricketer.”

The Lahore-born batsman went on to say that Raja speaks on
his retirement as he needs sensationalist topics for increasing his views for
his YouTube channel.

He added that the decision to retire from the professional
game will be taken by him only.

“I am deeply satisfied with my career and will step away if
I find myself failing to keep up with the fitness requirements or there is
another player who can step up to the mark and perform better than me,” he said.

Hafeez also expressed optimism to be a part of the Pakistan
squad for the next year’s T20 World Cup in India.

Abdul Gh Lone

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