The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly very unhappy with former captain Mohammad Hafeez’s recent behavior following his demotion to category B in the newly announced central contracts.
The all-rounder, who has played 50 Tests for Pakistan, was furious and wanted to quit international cricket, according to some media reports. However, clarifying the confusion, Hafeez wrote on Twitter:
Regarding central contract issue, I want to yet again clear to all my fans and media people that I always played for Pakistan with highest passion, dignity and honour, surely not for money. I am happy to serve my beloved county in even C or D category, no matter what, but to play with respect.
Despite this attempt from Hafeez to put the rumors to bed, sources claim that PCB is still not convinced and wants the player to make a final decision about his career before the Asia Cup commences in UAE.
Prior to this, Najam Sethi also spoke to the media and claimed that PCB will not be intimidated by anyone. He added that PCB will not make any changes to the central contracts at any cost.
According to sources, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in Asia Cup whereas Hafeez will feature as a reserve opener. If the feud is not settled by the time PCB has to submit the squad for Asia Cup, Hafeez is likely to be left out.
It should be pointed out that Hafeez was also a part of Pakistan’s squad which took on Zimbabwe but was not selected to play for a single match. Reportedly, Hafeez refused to play when he was offered a chance to play in the last ODI.