Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his almost two-year Test return with a scintillating century against Australia in Day 1 of the first Test on Sunday. @ AFP
Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his almost two-year Test return with a scintillating century against Australia in Day 1 of the first Test on Sunday. @ AFP

The 37-year-old Pakistan veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez, who celebrated his almost two-year Test return with a scintillating century, said that it was his wife who had convinced him not to retire.

Opening the batting today for Pakistan in the first Test against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Hafeez notched 126 to help his team to 255-3 at stumps on Day 1.

Hafeez said that in addition to his wife Nazia, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar also played an important role to ensure he does not quit the sport.

“I was mentally disturbed after being dropped from the Asia Cup team,” said Hafeez on Sunday.

“I could have taken a drastic step, but I was stopped by my wife and then Shoaib Akhtar phoned me as well.”

Hafeez, who was not included for any of the five ODIs in Zimbabwe in July despite being in the squad, praised his teammates.

“I could have been doing something else [had I retired]. But probably this was the place where I had to stage a comeback. When I came back in the team, all the players welcomed me and gave me confidence and that increased my inner energy.”

Hafeez was dropped following a poor show in the first three matches of Pakistan’s series in England two years ago. “I am very happy after this hundred. I tried my level best in the last couple of years to get back into this format and I am so happy to get a chance after a long time,” he said.

“I had no fear at all. I really backed myself and I knew that whenever it is the right time I will perform.”