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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to retire after Twenty20 World Cup

The 38-year-old, who has just been recalled for this month's T20 series against Bangladesh, will end international career later in 2020

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez fields during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley in Leeds, England. Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez regards the home series against Bangladesh next week as an audition for the Twenty20 World Cup squad before he exits international cricket. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)
FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez fields during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley in Leeds, England. Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez regards the home series against Bangladesh next week as an audition for the Twenty20 World Cup squad before he exits international cricket. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said on Friday that he will retire from international cricket after the Twenty20 World Cup later this year.

The 38-year-old was on Thursday recalled into Pakistan's T20 series squad to take on Bangladesh, starting in Lahore from January 24.

Hafeez has been one of Pakistan's key players – in all three formats, as a top order batsman and a handy off-spinner – since making his debut during an England tour in 2003.

But his career was dogged by questions over the legality of his bowling action, reported on three occasions during international matches. He was also banned from bowling for 12 months in 2015.

Hafeez, dubbed the "professor" for his knowledge of the game, said he enjoyed playing for Pakistan. "It has been a privilege," he said. "I want to play the T20 World Cup and then exit from Pakistan's international team."

Hafeez retired from Tests in December 2018 after 55 appearances where he averaged 37.64 with the bat and took 53 wickets at 34.11.

He was more successful in limited over formats, scoring 6,614 runs and claiming 139 wickets in 218 one-day internationals.

His last ODI was during the World Cup 50 overs in England last year and he has not been selected for that format since then.

His tally in 89 Twenty20 internationals stands at 54 wickets and 1,908 runs.

"I have played 17 years for Pakistan and tried my level best. At times, I missed my bowling," said Hafeez, who also captained Pakistan in 29 T20 internationals, winning 17 and losing 11 with one ending in a tie.

The T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October-November this year.

Updated: January 17, 2020 04:08 PM

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