According to reports, Mohammad Hafeez was included in the 5th ODI of the series however, the senior player refused to play in place of the in-form openers while also considering the third opening option an insult.
The all-rounder is reportedly pretty upset with the fact that the team management ignored him for the ODI series after he declined the offer to play in the Global T20 League in Canada for Rs 1.5 Crore.
The openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman had both score two centuries in 4 games which is why Hafeez said that it is not reasonable to play while keeping one of the in-form openers on the bench.
Following the series, the all-rounder had a discussion with Head Coach Mickey Arthur about his future plans, asking him whether the team management wants him to be a part of the future plans or not.
Hafeez further said that if he isn’t in the future plans of the team management, he would like to leave with dignity. The team management told the cricketer that he is still an ‘important’ player.
According to the sources, Mickey Arthur wants to build a team around youngsters and Hafeez doesn’t fit in therefore he wasn’t given a chance to cement his place in the XI by scoring against the depleted Zimbabwe team.
The right-handed batsman is currently in the category A of the PCB’s central contract. A drop in the category would mean that it is time for Hafeez to bid farewell to the game.
Hafeez has played 50 tests, 200 ODIs and 83 T20Is having last played test cricket in 2016. He said that he would take his decision after discussions with the selectors.