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Hafeez steps down as Pakistan T20 skipper

Mohammad Hafeez has relinquished his role as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain following his country’s group-stage exit from the World T20 in Bangladesh.

The 33-year-old batting all-rounder, who succeeded Misbah-ul-Haq in the role in May 2012, has offered to step down after Pakistan failed to progress to the last four for the first time in five World T20 tournaments.

"As a Pakistan T20 captain I solely take the whole responsibility for the performance in the World T20 and decided to step down from the captaincy," Hafeez told a press conference.

"Whether we played either good or bad I owe it as captain to produce results but it didn't happen. I had a productive discussion with the chairman (Najam Sethi) and I myself offered to step down.

"I think as a captain I worked with all my honesty and tried to carry the team with a proper vision. The decision (to step down) is taken solely on the basis of the World T20 performance that wasn't up to the mark - the only major reason and nothing else.”

Hafeez has also given up his position of one-day international vice-captain. 

Batting all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez explains to the media his reasons for stepping down as Pakistan's Twenty20 skipper