Recalled Hafeez aims for T20 World Cup before retiring

Pakistan cricket captain Mohammad Hafeez celebrates the dismissal of Australian cricketer David Warner (unseen) during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup's Super Eight match between Australia and Pakistan at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 2, 2012. (AFP)
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Updated 17 January 2020

Recalled Hafeez aims for T20 World Cup before retiring

  • 39-year-old allrounder believed he could groom youngsters in the team
  • Hafeez will be playing only as a batsman

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez regards the home series against Bangladesh next week as an audition for the Twenty20 World Cup squad before he exits international cricket.
Hafeez was recalled for the three T20s in Lahore starting next Friday after playing his last T20 in 2018 against New Zealand. He was named man of that series but the selectors ignored him last year during which No. 1-ranked Pakistan lost eight of its nine completed T20s.
“My personal plan is that I should play for Pakistan on the basis of fitness and performance,” Hafeez said on Friday. “I want to play the World Twenty20 and then I want to make an exit from international cricket.”
The T20 World Cup is in October in Australia.
The 39-year-old allrounder expected his recall and believed he could groom youngsters in the team.
“Well, (selection was) not a surprise to me to be honest because I’m always available for the team,” he said. “There are more youngsters than seniors (in the team) so it will be great for us to share the experience with them and let them express themselves in a way so they can perform and do well for a long period of time.”
Hafeez will be playing only as a batsman against Bangladesh after his bowling action in August in England was reported and he was suspended from bowling in England last week. Hafeez said he will miss bowling his offspin, which has earned him 54 wickets in 89 T20s for Pakistan.
“I’m ready to retest again and I am waiting for it,” Hafeez said. “Hopefully it will be done soon.”
Hafeez has also played 55 tests and 218 one-day internationals since 2003.


Xavi donates 1 mn euros to Barcelona hospital

Updated 04 April 2020

Xavi donates 1 mn euros to Barcelona hospital

  • Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol are among several Spanish sports stars to have donated or led fundraising campaigns to help combat the deadly virus
  • The total number of deaths in Spain stands at 11,744, second only to Italy

MADRID: Former Barcelona and Spain star Xavi Hernandez and his wife have donated one million euros ($1.08 million) to the city’s Hospital Clinic to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“Xavi Hernandez and Nuria Cunillera have made a donation of one million euros to the clinic to face up to COVID-19. Thanks a lot for your help and support... All together, we will get there,” the hospital tweeted on Saturday.
“Nuria and I, we support the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona’s fight against the coronavirus. Thanks to the donations they are receiving, the hospital has acquired equipment for patients and health care professionals,” Xavi said in a video posted on his Twitter account.
The former World Cup winner and two-time European champion with Spain is currently in charge of Al-Sadd in Qatar and turned down an approach from Barcelona in January after the club sacked Ernesto Valverde.
Lionel Messi, Pep Guardiola, Rafael Nadal and Pau Gasol are among several Spanish sports stars to have donated or led fundraising campaigns to help combat the deadly virus.
Spain, which is under a near-total lockdown, on Saturday recorded a second successive daily fall in coronavirus-related deaths with 809 fatalities.
The total number of deaths in the country stands at 11,744, second only to Italy.
The number of new Spanish cases also slowed at 7,026, taking the total to 124,736.