Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez joins Middlesex as replacement for AB de Villiers

Waseem Ahmed 16:32 13/08/2019
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Mohammad Hafeez has signed for Middlesex.

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been signed for Middlesex on a short-term deal that will see him play three Vitality T20 Blast clashes for the outfit.

Hafeez has been roped in by the Lord’s-based county outfit as a short-term replacement for South African ace AB de Villiers who has taken a brief break from the tournament.

The former Proteas batsman is expected to return for Middlesex’s penultimate league stage clash against Hampshire which is slated to take place on August 29.

Hafeez has only recently completed his stint in the Global T20 Canada with the Edmonton Royals and the Pakistan man is expected to join up with Middlesex ahead of their clash against Essex on Wednesday. He will also be available for the subsequent clashes against Hampshire and Sussex before de Villiers returns to take his place in the squad.

The 38-year-old all-rounder has played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 89 T20s for Pakistan over the course of his career and was a part of the side which finished fifth in the 2019 World Cup recently in England.

The experienced veteran was recently excluded from the new central contracts handed out by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) along with Shoaib Malik. While he hung up his Test cricket boots last year, Hafeez is yet to announce his retirement from the limited-overs formats and remains available for selection.

Hafeez will join his compatriot Babar Azam in England for the T20 Blast with the 24-year-old batsman currently leading the run-scoring charts in the competition with 434 runs in nine innings for Somerset at an average of 62.

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