Lahore: Pakistan cricket team opener Imran Farhat bids farewell to International cricket after struggling to make his place in the national team for a long time.
While speaking to the media in Lahore he said he’s been disheartened with PCB’s behavior and is retiring from International cricket, he would leave for UAE to participate in the Masters Champions League (MCL) being organized for former players.
While announcing his retirement, Imran Farhat became sentimental and said ‘Cricket Is My Passion.’
The former opener said he missed Zimbabwe tour because of his wife’s ailment after which the doors were permanently closed upon him for his return to the team, he said, ‘though I performed well in the domestic but the selectors never bothered to consider me.’
The left-handed batsman said he was also ignored for the PSL after which he decided to play for the Masters Champions League.
He said pointing towards PCB’s selection committee that they should feel happy as I am retiring from International cricket without my willingness.
Imran Farhat made his debut in test cricket on 8th of March 2001 while playing against New Zealand at Auckland. His One-Day career also began from the same tour playing against NZ.
The 33 year old cricketer from Lahore played 40 tests, 58 ODs and seven T20s representing Pakistan team.
In test cricket he completed 2400 runs with 3 centuries and 14 half centuries, he also took 3 wickets. In One Day career he scored 1719 runs with one century and 12 half centuries maintaining an average of 30.69 and took 6 wickets.
Imran Farhat scored 76 runs in seven T20 matches.
Prior to Imran Farhat’s retirement, many players including Yasir Hameed, Rana Naveedul Hasan and Muhammad Khalil announced their retirement from International cricket to participate in the Masters Champions League commencing in Dubai.
MCL will commence on 28th January and the final will be played on 13th February.