Hafeez gets inappropriate treatment, can cost him England tour

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Pakistan's Muhammed Hafeez celebrates scoring a century during the first one day international match against England at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Hafsal Ahmed)

KARACHI: Mohammad Hafeez’s chances to tour England with the team seem narrower now as his MRI report shows that his knee injury has not improved.

Mohammad Hafeez underwent an MRI at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi after Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Crystal Palace football club doctor, suggested him to get it from a private hospital.

According to sources, Mohammad Hafeez is not treat properly by the PCB’s doctors at the National Cricket Academy after the World T20 in India, which worsened his knee injury. This is why, Hafeez had to approach the Pakistani born doctor, Dr. Zafar Iqbal, who has been associated with Liverpool football club as a medical consultant in the past.

Hafeez will consult Dr. Iqbal again when he will get back to Lahore. It has also been learned that the 35-year old has to undergo a surgery if he is unable to get fit.

Mohammad Hafeez told Dawn News, “I want to play cricket as soon as possible. This injury has not disheartened me.”

Hafeez, who has held the captaincy band for Pakistan in the T20 format, was named in the 21 shortlisted players for England tour, but, his inclusion was subjected to his fitness.

It will be interesting to see who replaces Hafeez for the England tour as he was an integral part of Pakistan squad in all three formats of the game

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