Muhammad Hafeez Announces His Retirement Plans, Accuses Micky Arthur of Favoritism
The 39-year-old felt that there is no comparison between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli.
As some of the players of the Pakistan cricket team are entering their 40s, cricket fans have started to wonder about their future plans.
All-rounder Muhammad Hafeez is one such player, who is questioned a lot about his retirement plans these days. The right-handed batsman will be turning 40 this October.
During a recent interview with a local media outlet, the all-rounder announced he would call it a day after the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
“I’m planning to retire respectfully after playing the T20 World Cup later this year,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan. “I will continue playing T20 leagues around the world as long as I’m fit and performing with the bat.”
Furthermore, the 39-year-old felt that there is no comparison between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli.
“I think it’s not right to compare these two [Babar Azam and Virat Kohli]. Kohli is a brilliant cricketer and he has performed all over the world but Babar is also playing exceptionally well. Both have two different sides and there is no comparison between them,” said Hafeez.
Muhammad Hafeez also accused former coach, Micky Arthur, of favoritism.
“I think Mickey Arthur was the most powerful coach in Pakistan cricket history. Everything went according to what he wanted. I will admit that there were double standards and favoritism while he was coaching the side,” he said.
Moreover, Hafeez also reiterated his stance of putting a lifetime ban on match-fixers.
“I think a standard should be set regarding cricketers who bring the country into disrepute with their activities. Like I have always said, I believe they should be banned for life,” he said.
What are your views on this? Share in the comments bar below.