PCB sorts out difference between Sarfaraz, Hafeez


LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sorted out the difference between two former captains, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed. 

Hafeez and Sarfaraz indulged in a Twitter dispute on Saturday after which the cricket board stepped into the matter. “The team management has talked to both the cricketers on this matter. The difference between the cricketer has been sorted out and both of them have been advised to not drag themselves into an unnecessary controversy,” sources told ARY News.

It must be noted here that Hafeez praised Rizwan’s performance in the first T20I and also raised a question on how long will it take for him to be recognized as the number one wicket-keeper batsman in Pakistan.

“Congratulations Rizwan on scoring T20 century. You are a Star, shining star. Wonder how long you need to prove that you are NO1 wicketkeeper/Batsman in Pakistan in all formats of the game. Just asking,” he wrote. 

In reply, Sarfaraz took a dig at Hafeez in a series of Tweets. “Hafeez Bhai Sb, whoever has played for Pakistan from Imtiaz Ahmed, Wasim Bari, Tasleem Arif to Saleem Yousuf and from Moin Khan, Rashid Latif to Kamran Akmal and even Rizwan right now has always been number ONE for the country and have been respected accordingly,” he replied.

“We are all behind Rizwan and wish that he plays many more amazing innings for our beloved country,” he added.

“And for the future as well, whoever gets a chance to play for Pakistan, he will be number 1 for the country. We expect nothing but positiveness coming from an international player who has played so many games for Pakistan,” he concluded.

The dispute wasn’t over yet as Hafeez came up with another reply before the PCB intervened in this matter. “Shallow minded approach EXPOSED!” he wrote.

It must be noted here that Hafeez was dropped from the national team for the South Africa T20I series after he refused to join the team on the said date. He was playing in a franchise league in the UAE and told PCB that he will be able to join the bio-secure bubble a day after the rest of the team joined.

Hence, he was dropped from the squad for not meeting the COVID-19 protocols, mutually set by the two boards.

Read: Misbah opens up on exclusion of Hafeez from South Africa T20Is