Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes that the Men in Green can upstage South Africa during the upcoming tour.
While talking in an exclusive interview with Cricket Pakistan, Hafeez said that the current Pakistan squad is capable enough to give the home side a tough time in all three formats.
“The conditions in South Africa are challenging but that does not mean that teams can’t go and win there,” he said. “Pakistan has the required set of players who have the ability to go there and come up with the goods.”
Speaking about Pakistan’s Test series loss against New Zealand at their de-facto home — United Arab Emirates — the 38-year-old said that it is important to forget what happened in the past, when embarking on a new tour.
“Although the results did not go as expected during the recently concluded New Zealand Test series in UAE but having said it is always important to ensure that we forget the results of the past and keep of our minds focused on our next series,” he said.
Hafeez also brushed aside the notion that he retired from Test cricket due to fear of facing South Africa pacer Dale Steyn — who has dismissed him 15 times in all formats.
“I did not retire from Test cricket due to fear of facing Dale Steyn,” he said. “I took this decision for the betterment of Pakistan cricket but if someone thinks on those lines, then good luck with that.”
While talking about his retirement from the limited-overs formats Hafeez said that his current focus in on playing the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
“I don’t have any plans in place regarding retirement from ODIs and T20Is because right now my focus is on playing the ODI World Cup for Pakistan,” he said. “As long as I am fit and performing well in the field, I will continue to represent Pakistan in limited-overs cricket.”