Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez tacitly took a dig at opener Sharjeel Khan bearing in mind the fact that the latter’s potential inclusion in the national side has been the talk of the town in the recent past.
Sharjeel was suspended and sent back home after the start of the second edition of PSL in Dubai in February, 2017. The 29-year-old was later banned for five years, with half of his five-year ban suspended, by the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB for his role in the spot-fixing scandal while playing for Islamabad United. The left-hander took part in HBL PSL 5 while representing the Karachi Kings franchise.
Hafeez shared his opinion, through social media, on the aforementioned statement by Waqar Younis and a question on whether fitness should be overlooked if a player has a decent skill set.
“Shouldn’t we set standards of dignity and pride higher than any other “Extra Talent” to represent Pakistan. Just Asking,” said Hafeez on his official Twitter account.
Shouldn’t we set Standards of Dignity & Pride Higher than any other “Extra Talent” to represent Pakistan 🇵🇰 Just Asking https://t.co/9xxIvcAqM8
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 20, 2020
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Wasim Khan has warned veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to refrain from commenting on selection and policy matters related to the national side.
Hafeez on Friday, in a tweet, tacitly took a dig at opener Sharjeel Khan bearing in mind the fact that the latter’s potential inclusion in the national side has been the talk of the town in the recent past.
While speaking to reporters in a Teleconference on Saturday, the PCB chief executive advised the 39-year-old to focus on his own cricket and not worry about other players.
“I will be personally speaking to Mohammad Hafeez about that and I don’t think it’s his place to be doing it. No other player in the world does that so why should our Pakistani players do that?’’ questioned Wasim.
‘‘I don’t think they have any space to do that and I don’t think they should be doing that. That’s my personal view. Coming from an English environment, I never saw an English player tweet about policies, procedures, talking about other players’ right or wrong.’’
‘‘My view is, he should focus on his own game, focus on the cricketing opinion he can give but don’t give personal opinion about other players,’’ he added.
Earlier in 2015, when left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was returning from his five-year ban due to spot-fixing and was invited to the national team’s training camp, Hafeez had said that he “can’t share the dressing room with someone who hurt my country’s integrity”.
However, the veteran all-rounder was later convinced by then PCB chairman Shehryar Khan to take part in the camp, after his grievances were addressed.
Although Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis believes it would be too early to include Sharjeel back into national side.
While speaking in a YouTube video, the former pacer was not impressed with the left-hander’s fitness level.
“Sharjeel needs a lot of work right now. You can’t judge him on the basis of one or two innings,” said Waqar. “He needs to work on his fitness because where are we going to hide him in the field? Fielding is really important these days and especially in Australia where grounds are really big.”