Hafeez says he is available for one-dayers too

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Pakistan’s senior batsman and former skipper Mohammad Hafeez has said that he is available for one-dayers too, adding, since he has not been selected since 2019 World Cup in ODIs and is only picked in T20s so he is doing his best in T20 format.

“You know I have retired from Test cricket but I am totally available for the white-ball cricket. However since 2019 World Cup I am not being selected in one-day cricket and I don’t know the thought process behind this. I fulfill the criteria for one-day selection in terms of fitness and form,” Hafeez told reporters in a virtual chat from South Africa.

“Since I have been giving chance in T20s and where I am trying to live up to the billing and contribute as much as I can for Pakistan cricket,” Hafeez said.

“In bowling too I can do my best but a player cannot do anything unless he is given bowling by the captain and what a team management wants from him. In T20 I am a four overs bowler and in one-day I am a ten-over bowler,” Hafeez said.

Hafeez will be playing his 100th T20I in Wanderers today and will become the second Pakistani batsman after Shoaib Malik who will achieve the distinction.

“I feel proud and humble as I will be playing 100th game for Pakistan. I would like to click and would want my performance significant one in this game. It’s great that I am playing another game for my country,” Hafeez said. Hafeez said that the team would be looking forward to carry the winning momentum when they will field in the T20 series opener against South Africa.

“Winning abroad always matters and the way we won ODI series was fantastic. The top order clicked well and you see in each game century came from the top order. There is need to bring improvement in the middle order. Winning abroad really gives you as a team more confidence when you go for a big event,” Hafeez said.