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Hafeez quits as T20 captain

Mohammad Hafeez has quit as captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 team after they failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Hafeez met with the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday and accepted responsibility for the team's poor performance.

Reigning champions the West Indies eliminated Pakistan with an 84-run victory in their last group match on Tuesday, with the 2007 champions bowled out for just 82 while chasing 167.

Hafeez is also stepping down as vice captain of Pakistan's one-day and Test teams but will continue to represent the national team in all the three formats under any captain if selected.

"I am under no pressure (but) felt that I must step down as leader by taking responsibility and its for the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to decide who to lead the team," Hafeez said.

"I am ready to play under any captain as I have done my job with responsibility as captain as well as player.

"Our players committed mistakes which led to our defeat and we take responsibility. I have already apologised to the nation for letting down our fans."