Published On: Tue, Sep 14th, 2021

“Mohammad Hafeez is very upset, might not play T20 World Cup”


Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal feels that an upset Mohammad Hafeez might announce his worldwide retirement earlier than the T20 World Cup.

As per experiences, Hafeez was ordered to return early from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) regardless of being granted a No Objection Certificate (NOC) till September 18 for the T20 event.

In an interplay on his YouTube channel, Akmal hit out on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over their mistreatment of a senior participant like Hafeez. Pointing out that this is not the primary time Hafeez has been handled in an unfair method, Akmal stated:

“I haven’t spoken to Mohammad Hafeez but I think he is very upset and might not play the T20 World Cup. Unless the PCB pampers him, he could announce his retirement before the World Cup. He seems totally frustrated. You cannot treat an experienced player in such a manner.”

Lashing out on the PCB, Akmal added that such situations would solely hurt the picture of Pakistani cricket. He additional identified:

“This is wrong. And I am talking not only about Hafeez but about Pakistan cricket as whole. It harms the reputation of our country as a cricketing nation. This has happened with me as well. What has happened with Hafeez is totally wrong. You have given the NOC. Think about how expensive the flights are due to COVID, then they have to stay in bio-bubbles as well.”

Akmal additionally urged new PCB chairman Ramiz Raja to urgently tackle the matter, preserving apart the non-public variations between him and Hafeez.

Akmal stated on this regard:

“Ramiz Raja will be really disappointed with how players were being treated. Hafeez has every right to be unhappy. Ramiz (bhai) knows the value of players and franchise leagues. He should support Hafeez. Whatever personal issues there are between Ramiz and Hafeez is a different matter altogether. Being a professional and PCB chairman, Ramiz must look into the issue and ensure such things do not happen in the future.”

In an interview final 12 months, Hafeez claimed that his 12-year-old son has higher recreation consciousness than Ramiz Raja. The all-rounder was responding to Raja’s feedback on Pakistan’s reliance on ‘overage’ cricketers.

Why Mohammad Hafeez is sad with the PCB

As per experiences in Pakistani media, the PCB had granted Pakistani gamers, together with Hafeez, a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for CPL until September 18. However, the board not too long ago requested gamers to report for the New Zealand sequence on September 16.

Hafeez requested high PCB officers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan and Director International Cricket Zakir Khan, to let him return after the tip of the CPL, on September 17. The request was, nevertheless, denied.

In the meantime, it was revealed that all-rounder Imad Wasim, who is additionally a part of CPL, has been given reduction and may report for nationwide responsibility by September 17. Apparently, CPL’s Chief Executive Officer, Pete Russell, had requested Imad’s presence and therefore he was allowed to remain again.

Hafeez is prone to open up about his points with the PCB in a press convention quickly.





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