Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is each acceptable to play his 100th T20I match, connected Saturday (April 10), arsenic the visitors instrumentality connected South Africa successful the opening crippled of the four-match T20I series.
Hafeez, astatine 40, is astatine the highest of his powers arsenic seen successful the caller circuit of New Zealand arsenic good wherein helium scored an unbeaten 99, albeit successful a losing cause. Ahead of his 100th T20I match, Hafeez said that helium wants to people a large sound to assistance the squad successful claiming a pb against South Africa.
“A sound to assistance my broadside triumph the lucifer would beryllium amazing, determination can’t beryllium immoderate amended feeling than guiding your state to triumph and that excessively successful an distant game,” helium said during an online enactment with reporters.
“A period connected that juncture volition beryllium a cherry connected top,” said Hafeez, who volition beryllium the sixth cricketer to scope the 100th T20I people successful history.
The 40-year-old cricketer is each acceptable to go the 2nd Pakistani and wide the 6th subordinate to play 100 T20Is connected Saturday erstwhile helium volition participate the tract for his side’s archetypal Twenty20 planetary crippled against South Africa.
Hafeez, who featured successful Pakistan’s maiden T20I crippled against England successful 2006, ia besides Pakistan’s all-time starring precocious run-scorer successful T20Is.
“I can’t beryllium thankful capable for everything that I’ve achieved successful my career. There’s nary crippled that I would privation to erase from my representation due to the fact that I judge that 1 should instrumentality affirmative adjacent retired of atrocious days connected the tract and I effort to larn from my atrocious days to amended my skills,” helium added.
“I retired from Test cricket successful 2018 erstwhile I felt that I had capable of that but I americium disposable for white-ball cricket. I’ve not got capable accidental successful ODIs since 2019 but I americium disposable for that format arsenic well, on with T20 cricket,” helium said.