Pakistan has added Mohammad Hafeez to his 17-man squad for the two-test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Hafeez will fly to Dubai on the first available flight, before the first test that will start in a week on October 7.
It is understood that the inclusion of Hafeez has been made in an attempt to reinforce a first-rate team without experience of Pakistan that has Imam ul Haq, who has played three Tests, and Fakhar Zaman, who is uncovered at the Test level, along with Test starter Azhar Ali.
The move comes at a time when Hafeez's international career seemed to be diminishing after months of being ignored. Hafeez played the last of his 50 tests in August 2016. Since then, he lost favor with the coaches, who recently ignored him for the Asian Cup that ended last week. The last time he went to Pakistan was in July of this year, in a T20I against Australia, but it was never a consistent fit in the team, being named in the ODI squad of Pakistan for a bilateral series against Zimbabwe, but not participating in any of the parties. In a new indictment of how far it had fallen, Hafeez was demoted to Category B on the PCB list of centrally recruited players that was announced in August.
Hafeez has been outspoken against the PCB for not including it in recent months, even calling a press conference against the selection committee. However, he retired at the last minute, and called his unfortunate fall, while sending a brief statement about being always available for Pakistan. He also criticized Mickey Arthur, the head coach, who reportedly did not see Hafeez as part of his plans.
All that meant that Hafeez was forced to exercise his domestic cricket trade, where he had an excellent participation in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier first class tournament. Hafeez opened his tournament with a carry of six fields in the second possibility that consigned tribal areas administered by the federal government to a loss of tickets. He also pitched 280 runs in three games, including a double of a century against Peshawar that led to his retirement.