Former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja slammed Mohammad Hafeez for skipping the upcoming home T20Is versus South Africa. The veteran all-rounder was unavailable for selection, having missed the bio-bubble deadline due to his current availability in the T10 league.
The Babar Azam-led side will take on on a second-stringed Heinrich Klaasen-led Proteas without the services of Hafeez, who is currently playing for Maratha Arabians in the T10 league.
Hafeez’s decision raised a few eyebrows within the Pakistan cricketing folklore. Raja wasn’t impressed with him either as he took ti his YouTube channel and called Hafeez a ‘selfish’ person.
“International teams are now coming to Pakistan so it is imperative that everyone religiously follows Covid-19 protocols. Among those playing in T10 League, Asif Ali is coming but not Mohammad Hafeez because he doesn’t want to end his contract.
This shows the level of thinking because, considering the situation, we should be prepared to follow the necessary protocols even if there are last-minute changes,” Ramiz Raja said on his YouTube channel.
“If you look at Haris Rauf, he left Big Bash League to join Pakistan’s Test squad which shows what his priority is. If Pakistan is your priority then you are headed in the right direction,” he added.
“If you want to serve the leagues at the cost of selection for the Pakistan team, then you are certainly not on the right path. One should think about Pakistan instead of being selfish because nobody will back you.”
After winning the first Test by 7 wickets, the Pakistan team is currently gearing up for the second Test against the Proteas. The match will be played in Rawalpindi from Thursday, February 04.
Pakistan’s T20I squad: Babar Azam (c), Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, and Zahid Mehmood.