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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez still has a future in the national team and is part of the plans for the 2019 World Cup.
Sarfraz’s comments come after Hafeez was dropped for the upcoming Asia Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
There had also been speculation that Hafeez was considering retiring after being demoted from a category A to B contract.
The 37-year-old was also rumoured to be extremely frustrated at not playing a single game during Pakistan’s recent five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
However, Hafeez has since clarified that he has no intentions of retiring, and will look to impress the national selectors in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in order to regain his spot in the national team.
Sarfraz also reiterated that Hafeez still has a future at the international level.
“Mohammad Hafeez is an important player and is in our plans for the World Cup next year,” he was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “We will include him in the team whenever it’s necessary. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq never said that Hafeez’s career is over.”