T20I recall not a surprise: Hafeez.


LAHORE -- Former Pakistan captain and veteran all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has claimed that he isn't surprised on his T20 recall saying representing the country is a big honour.

Talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday, Hafeez said: "I am delighted on my selection in the T20 squad and I am not surprised. I will be doing my best to live up to the expectations and try to help the team register crucial victories against visiting Bangladesh team.

'Obviously there are more youngsters than seniors, so it will be great for us to share our experience with them and let them express themselves in a way that they can perform better, and do well for Pakistan for a longer period of time," he added.

The 38-year player has been recalled in the T20 team, which will play three T20 internationals against Bangladesh, commencing here from January 24. "I have been representing the country for as many as 17 ut of these 29 T20 games, Pakistan won 17 and lost 11 while one ended in a draw."

Before Hafeez was dropped, he was performing to quite a high standard in T20Is, helping Pakistan win back-to-back series in the UAE, scoring 111 runs at an average of 55.50 and a strike rate of 132.14 against Australia, and 132 runs at 132.00 and 145.05 against New Zealand. "The important thing is that my stats and career record is in front of everybody," Hafeez said.

"In the last two T20 series, I was the highest scorer, was man of the series against New Zealand, and won a man of the match award too. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, I wasn't...

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