Hafeez vows to bowl once again
Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez wants to bowl his off spinners for Pakistan once again because he wants to regain his status as the number one allrounder in the world.
Hafeez will seek help from the PCB to ask ICC to test his bowling action once again because he wants to bowl regularly once again. He was banned by the ICC after it was reported that his action exceeded the specified 15 degree limit set by the ICC for a second time in two years.
“I want to bowl as soon as possible,” he told cricket.com.au from Lahore. “I was number one allrounder in the ICC Rankings and I want to achieve it again. Very soon you will see me bowling.”
“I have not given up as an allrounder [and] I was working very hard on my bowling action,” he said.
“But I could not practice in the last three months due to the knee injury. Now that I am recovering and reaching full fitness I will start practice again and increase the repetitions.”
Hafeez was going through a recovery treatment as he suffered from a broken muscle in his knee during the World T20 and consequently he had played no cricket since March. Hafeez was accused of faking an injury and was rightfully quite angry over this which is why he lashed out at his critics including the media for such fake claims.
“The media accused me of pretending injury which had a terrible effect on my social life,” he said.
“The people in our media don’t understand to what extent their irresponsible reporting can disturb our lives.
“I have kids who go to school … what if someone tells my kids, ‘Your father faked an injury and did not want to serve the country’? What sort of impact it will have on me and my family’s social life?
“If I was faking injury then why haven’t I played for three months? All the scans and medical experts are also fake?”
Hafeez also brushed aside the claim that he cannot survive in international cricket without his bowling because he considers that he able enough to play cricket just as a batsman.
“People [have] put a question mark on my career, they thought I wouldn’t find a place in team as a batsman,” he said.
“But my performance in the last year is in front of you.
“I know that my absence as a bowler has affected our bowling combination, that’s why I am working hard to be back as an allrounder.”
Hafeez is the only member in the squad in the side, along with Younis Khan and Azhar Ali, to have played in English conditions before and he will to use all his experience in order to perform in challenging English conditions.
“The most important thing for me was fitness which I have regained,” he said.
“It is going to be a very important tour of my career and I’m mentally prepared for it. I do not have any skills deficiency.
“Pakistan has a very strong team in Tests. We’ve produced excellent results in all conditions [recently]. I’m very confident our team will do well in England. We as a team have ability to win the series.”