Joining the voices who have been calling for the retirement of two senior cricketers in Pakistan Cricket team, Former Pakistan captain turned expert Ramiz Raja has said that it is time for Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to call it a day and retire from International cricket.
“They should leave international cricket with respect and gracefully,” Ramiz was quoted as saying agencies.
Talking to the media in a video conference, Raja said he avoids making personal comments on a player.
“I come across both during my assignments that is why I avoid making personal comments. There is no doubt both have served Pakistan cricket well all these years. But now I think it is time they gracefully retired from the Pakistan team,” he said.
Ramiz said he was not looking for any post in the Pakistan Cricket Board and tried to speak honestly on cricket matters.
“I think if they retire now it will help Pakistan cricket. We have a good pool of players and we must move ahead.”
Both Hafeez and Malik were recalled to the Pakistan team for the T20 format in February after remaining on the sidelines since last year’s World Cup in England.
Hafeez, 39 and Malik, 38, both have insisted they still have plenty of cricket left in them to represent Pakistan in the World T20 Cup later this year in Australia. However, Hafeez has said that he will retire from all international cricket after the mega T20 event.