Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been in the news for his non-inclusion in the Asia Cup 2018 squad. Earlier there were speculations about the end of right-arm batsman’s career, however, he was included in the fitness camp arranged for the probable players for the squad.
Hafeez was also shortlisted for the 18-member squad for training camp at Gaddafi Stadium, however, the Chief Selector’s press conference for the Asia Cup squad did not please him as he was excluded again.
The veteran all-rounder was set to hold a press conference on Wednesday and make a big announcement regarding his future, however, PCB took him in confidence, stopping him from making an emotional decision. According to sources, Hafeez was ready to call it a day and retire since he thought he was no longer a part of Pakistan’s 2019 World Cup plans.
Inzamam-ul-Haq made it quite clear that even those players who haven’t made it to the squad are still in contention for the all-important World Cup 2019. He said that we are trying other combinations for now and Hafeez, especially after being allowed to bowl, is an important part of Pakistan cricket team.
Hafeez is a part of the 20-22 players that we are considering for the World Cup. Hafeez is a good player and now he can bowl as well.
Hafeez also brushed aside the claims of not getting along well with the board, saying that he accepts the decision with all his heart and would love to play for his country.
There are still a number of series before the World Cup and Hafeez still has a role to play, Inzamam said while talking to the media.