Mohammad Hafeez Turns Down BPL Offer to Avoid Mohammad Amir
Pakistan’s senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has refused to play for the Chittagong Vikings in the BPL.
- Mohammad Hafeez has refused to play with Mohammad Amir in the Bangladesh Premier League because of Amir’s involvement in spot fixing.
- The Pakistan batsman got a lucrative offer to play for Chittagong Vikings in the third edition of the BPL.
Pakistan’s senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has refused to play for the Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League since Mohammad Amir has also been signed by the team.
It is not about individuals or any personality clash. It is about the image of Pakistan cricket. I cannot play with any player who has tarnished and brought a bad name to the country.Mohammad Hafeez told the Jang newspaper.
The newspaper reported that Hafeez had got a lucrative offer to play for Chittagong Vikings in the third edition of the BPL.
Hafeez has also made his feelings about the three tainted players in the spot fixing scandal Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif clear in the past.
On one occasion when the Pakistan team was practicing at the national cricket academy in Lahore, its former bowling coach Muhammad Akram invited Mohammad Amir to bowl to Hafeez in the nets. But Hafeez flatly refused to face the left-arm pacer because of his tainted image.
Hafeez is also said to be among a group of players in the Pakistan team who are strongly against allowing the tainted trio to play for the national team again in any format.
The BPL has attracted around 16 top players from Pakistan and most of these players will go directly from Dubai after the T20 series against England to Dhaka. The players include Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, among others.
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