Hafeez to play until 2019 World Cup.
Dubai -- Pakistan batsman M Hafeez has said that until he is fit and performing, he will continue to play while his main target is 2019 World Cup.
Talking to media after the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans , Hafeez, who is captaining Zalmi in the absence of Darren Sammy, said: 'The team and selectors prefer those players who are fit and performing. So until and unless I am fit and giving out my best, I will continue to represent my team and country. The 2019 World Cup is my main target for which I am working really hard and I will try to give out my best in it.'
Peshawar Zalmi is defending champion of the PSL but this time, it's performance is not up to the mark. On this, Hafeez said: 'We moved ahead very good momentum and won the matches well. And you will see, the matches, we lost, were also very close and our opponents fought hard to beat us. We are working hard and focusing on each and every aspect and hopefully, we will do well in the remaining matches and try to defend our title this year as well.'
In November 2017, Hafeez was suspended for a suspect bowling action by the ICC his third time since 2014. When asked why he isn't bowling in the PSL matches, the former Pakistan captain said that the technical committee of the PSL did not allow him to bowl in the matches despite having requested. 'I was expecting to get a chance to bowl in the PSL to get more confidence, but we accepted the decision made by the PSL technical committee.'
Hafeez revealed that the PCB has written a letter to International Cricket Council (ICC) seeking an early bowling action test for him after the review committee expressed satisfaction at his improvement. 'I think I should be allowed by now,' he said and added the bowling review committee was happy with the hard work he put in.
He said Zalmi franchise management had requested the PSL technical committee to allow him to bowl. 'The PSL technical committee refused to allow me to bowl despite the rule where players, with suspected bowling actions, can bowl in domestic matches after being granted permission.'
Despite being injured, Darren Sammy played significant role in the last match of Peshawar Zalmi as he kept on playing with one leg and steered his team's to tremendous triumph. About Sammy's injury, Hafeez said: 'Sammy is recovering well and he is trying his level best to come back.'
About Zalmi's 19-run defeat against Multan Sultans , Hafeez said his players performed according to the plan but failed to continue the momentum in the last three overs of the game while chasing a target of 184. 'Hassan is not completely fit but he is so keen to play, that's the reason why we are not giving him the penultimate overs.'