Karachi: Pakistan’s former Test cricketer Jalaluddin denied that he ever said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) must question Mohammad Hafeez, who was quoted as saying by the Indian media that captain Misbah-ul-Haq had been sidelined as chief selector Moin Khan and Coach Waqar Younis were calling the shots Down Under.
“I never heard or read what Mohammad Hafeez had said and obviously didn’t comment on that either,” Jalaluddin told arysports.tv.
An experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who was quoted as saying in the Indian media that chief selector Moin Khan and Waqar Younis were calling all the shots and Misbah has little role to play in the ongoing World Cup, denied to have said anything.
“There is no rift and no politics. I have never said that and this is a conspiracy against the team. I will tell the board (PCB) about this since it is a big accusation,” Hafeez told a local newspaper here.
Reports in the Indian media also quoted Jalal and another former pacer Tanvir Ahmed on the issue.
Jalal was quoted as saying that PCB should talk to Hafeez and investigate the issue.
But Jalal categorically denied that he talked on this issue, where Hafeez was quoted as saying such.
“I have been critical of team management’s incompetence and team’s below par showings due to it but I never talked about this with respect to Hafeez,” he said.
The Indian media cited Tanvir as saying that Hafeez had an argument with Waqar Younis and he therefore was sent back home and wasn’t let to stay with the team and recover from his injury.