An ugly war of words has erupted between Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja that has left everyone stunned.
Ramiz Raja, who has now turned into a cricket expert, had revealed that it was not right on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) to back experienced players and not give enough chances to the youth ahead of the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup. He had asked cricketers like Hafeez to retire gracefully and give youngsters a chance to showcase their talent at the international level.
However, the statements didn’t go down well with Hafeez, who gave it back to him by saying that he makes all these statements to boost his YouTube channel. He said:
“I acknowledge Ramiz [Raja] services for Pakistan cricket as a player. I respect his opinion but I have reservations over his cricketing sense and game awareness. If you talk to my 12-year-old son, even his game awareness is better than Ramiz bhai,”
“If Ramiz bhai wants to continue saying such things to boost his YouTube channel, then I can’t stop him but I will continue to play for Pakistan as long as I’m fit and performing,”
Furthermore, Mohammad Hafeez opined that as long as he was fit and performing consistently, he deserved to play for Pakistan. Besides this, he also has the numbers to back his opinion. Recently, he scored 155 runs in that three-match series at a strike-rate of 176.14. He said:
“If I’m unable to meet the fitness and performance standards, or believe there is a better product ready for Pakistan, I’d happily leave. I’m very satisfied with my cricketing career,”
Meanwhile, Hafeez has been named in the T20I squad of Pakistan for the upcoming tour to New Zealand on the back of his consistent performances in the recent post.