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Updated March 4th, 2024 at 15:17 IST

'Why was Hafeez removed and not Wahab Riaz?': Inzamam minces no words to slam Pakistan Cricket Board

Inzamam-ul-Haq slammed Pakistan's cricket board for removing Mohammed Hafeez as Team Director, asserting that it is unfair to "target" ex-players.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez | Image:AP
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Mohammad Hafeez was appointed Pakistan cricket's team director after the team's disastrous ODI World Cup 2023 campaign in India where they couldn't reach the semis. Hafeez managed the cricket team after the ouster of Mickey Arthur and his support staff. His stint did not end well as PCB last month parted ways with Hafeez after a 0-3 Test defeat in Australia followed by a 1-4 T20 International series loss to New Zealand.

Hafeez's contract concluded after the T20 series in New Zealand, following the sports ministry's recommendation against a long-term agreement. The decision has been met with a lot of criticism by the ex-players and former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of them. 

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Inzamam slams PCB

Inzamam slammed the country's cricket board for removing Hafeez as Team Director due to recent poor results, asserting that it is unfair to "target" ex-players in administrative roles when officials are refusing to shoulder any responsibility for the side's performance.

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"Can someone explain the reasoning behind removing Muhammad Hafeez as team director but retaining Wahab Riaz as chief selector after the Australian and New Zealand tours?" Inzamam said on a TV show.

"Weren't both appointed at same time and given same responsibilities so why has only Hafeez been held accountable and not Wahab Riaz?" he asked.

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The former cricket great, who resigned as chief selector in acrimonious circumstances during last year's World Cup, also urged the PCB to start respecting players.

"The PCB Chairman no doubt is a highly respectable position but don’t former captains and stalwarts deserve the same amount of respect from the top board officials," said Inzamam.

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'I was shown no respect by PCB chairman'

Inzamam was angry with PCB after he was shown no respect by former chairman Zaka Ashraf. Inzamam was involved in an alleged conflict of interest inquiry with the Board during the ODI WC.

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"We had a meeting scheduled at the PCB offices after this story about me having a conflict of interest as chief selector broke out.

"I was sitting with (PCB officials) Salman Naseer and Aliya Rasheed waiting for the chairman to come," he recalled.

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"But he went to the academy and from there called Naseer and Aliya to meet him and I was told to wait as he would not be seeing me. Only Aliya returned after a time and told me about the inquiry committee," he added.

Inzamam said the Ashraf's attitude was hurtful.

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“I was hurt by this behaviour from the Chairman. Every detail of agents and their companies who work with players are available with ICC and PCB and it was not such a big deal and I told them I would resign and they can complete their inquiry," Inzamam stated.

The former skipper said he was still waiting for the PCB to release findings of the inquiry committee which probed into his conflict of interest case.

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"Pakistan cricket cannot be run in this manner. It is time the board officials also accepted responsibility for their actions," he asserted.

Inzamam also said he never wanted to take over as chief selector before the Asia Cup last year as the previous selection committee had already picked the squad. 

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(with PTI inputs)

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Published March 4th, 2024 at 15:17 IST

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