Hafeez gives up T20 captaincy

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“As a Pakistan T20 captain I solely take the whole responsibility for the performance in the World T20 and decided to step down from the captaincy”

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has quit as the country’s Twenty20 captain following his team’s failure to reach the semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament after the West Indies thrashed them by 84 runs.

“As a Pakistan T20 captain I solely take the whole responsibility for the performance in the World T20 and decided to step down from the captaincy,” Hafeez said. “Whether we played either good or bad I owe it as captain to produce results but it didn’t happen. I had a productive discussion with the chairman and I myself offered to step down.”

This was the first time in the history of the World Twenty20 that Pakistan failed to make it to the semi-final.

“I think as a captain I worked with all my honesty and tried to carry the team with a proper vision,” Hafeez added. “The decision [to step down] is taken solely on the basis of the World T20 performance that wasn’t up to the mark – the only major reason and nothing else.

“I thank all stakeholders who worked with me and players who executed my plans that were actually meant for the betterment [of the team]. I hope the decisions taken in the future will be good and taken in the interest of Pakistan cricket. Meanwhile, I am available as a player but will also distance myself from the vice-captaincy of ODI cricket.”

Hafeez also dismissed rumours that he was forced into giving up the captaincy.

“There was no such pressure,” Hafeez insisted. “It’s only my decision amid the bad result in World T20 and new appointment is the responsibility for the cricket board. Being a player I am ready to play under any captain.”

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