Dawn – Veteran opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his recall with a century in the first Test against Australia on Sunday and revealed his wife had persuaded him not to quit the sport.

Summary

  • Veteran opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his recall with a century in the first Test against Australia on Sunday and revealed his wife had persuaded him not to quit the sport.
  • Hafeez, 37, capped his return to the Test team after a gap of two years with a brilliant 126, helping his team to 255-3 on the first day of the opening match in Dubai.
  • Hafeez had decided to announce his retirement from cricket but wife Nazia and former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar stepped in to persuade him he still had a role to play.
  • “I was mentally disturbed after being dropped from the Asia Cup team,” said Hafeez of last month’s axing from the one-day side.
  • Hafeez was dropped from the Test side after faring poorly in the first three matches of Pakistan’s series in England two years ago.


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