Former Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed on Thursday spoke the controversy involving him, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez earlier this month.
Sarfaraz and Hafeez had been involved in a Twitter fight after the latter congratulated Rizwan on his recent T20 century against South Africa. Sarfaraz had thought he was aimed at him and responded to Hafeez.
Quetta Gladiators’ skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has brushed aside the notion that he holds ill feelings against veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
The former Pakistan cricket captain said he has always respected Hafeez and that he has no problems with the all-rounder.
“I have no complaints against Mohammad Hafeez,” said Sarfaraz during a virtual press conference on Thursday. “He is my elder, I have always respected him and will continue to do so,” added Sarfaraz.
Sarfaraz praised Mohammad Rizwan’s performance, saying that he did not consider him an opponent.
On the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021, the former Pakistan captain said this time, Chris Gayle was in his team hence he hoped for better results.
Sarfaraz said there was no added pressure on him, adding that he would try to bat in the upper order during the tournament.
Hafeez’s indirect tweet triggers response from Sarfaraz;
The controversy began when Hafeez tweeted to appreciate Rizwan for his ton and said, “Congratulations @iMRizwanPak on scoring T20 hundred. U r a Star shining star Wonder how long u need to prove that u r NO1 wicketkeeper/Batsman in Pakistan in all formats of the game”.
Congratulations @iMRizwanPak on scoring T20 💯👏🏼👍🏼. U r a Star shining star 🌟 Wonder how long u need to prove that u r NO1 wicketkeeper/Batsman in pakistan in all formats of the game. Just asking 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/e5fSNIaCmN
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) February 11, 2021
Replying to Hafeez, Sarfaraz said that “whoever has played for Pakistan has always been number one for the country” and “respected accordingly”.
We are all behind Rizwan and wish that he plays many more amazing innings for our beloved country.
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) February 12, 2021
Ahmed noted that everyone is behind Rizwan and wished he plays many more amazing innings for Pakistan.