Hafeez Stand Against Inclusion of Corrupt Players in Team STANDS
LAHORE: Pakistan star opener Muhammad Hafeez on Saturday reiterated his principle stance condemning the return of corrupt players to the team was not against a specific individual.
Talking to newsmen after a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan, Hafeez said that he has forgiven all those corrupt cricketers who earned a bad name for Pakistan and maligned their country’s image.
But I still stand by my opinion that such people must not return and I will keep sticking to it my whole life, he added.
He further said that people in media have been misinterpreting my principled stance against inclusion of corrupt cricketers into Pakistani team.
“People misunderstood my stance. It was simple and based on principle that anyone who hurt the pride of this country for the sake of money, should not be allowed to represent Pakistan again.”
On the occasion he also said that he considers himself a mediocre cricketer but his ambition to represent Pakistan with grace is very high. I will continue representing Pakistan to the best of my expertise, he added.
PCB Shehryar Khan, earlier, had a chat with the opener considering a disciplinary action against him and ODI Captain Azhar Ali for issuing a statement of not wanting to share the same training camp with Muhammad Amir.
“The issue is resolved and Hafeez and Azhar are coming to the camp,” Shahryar Khan confirmed, while agreeing with some reservations held by both players.
“I do agree with the some of their reservations,“ Shahryar said while speaking to the media outside PCB headquarters in Lahore.
Following in the footsteps of several other senior cricketers middle order batsman Umar Akmal has also extended his reservations over inclusion of pacer Muhammad Amir in to national team.
According to a statement Umar Akmal went on to say that PCB drops other players on minor discipline related issues but it is greeting the ‘match fixers’ with open arms.
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