Newly appointed Pakistan’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez disclosed details of his conversations with all-rounder Imad Wasim and pace bowler Mohammad Amir.

During a press conference, Hafeez revealed his discussions with Imad Wasim, expressing that Wasim was part of the team’s plans for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, despite not having signed the central contract at that time.

“I reached out to Imad Wasim, assuring him of his role in Pakistan cricket. Despite being awarded a central contract, he was yet to confirm his availability [for the New Zealand series],” stated Hafeez. “However, he later opted out of the series and announced his retirement two days after.”

While acknowledging Imad Wasim’s contributions to Pakistan cricket, Hafeez extended his best wishes for Wasim’s future endeavours.

Hafeez further detailed his conversation with Mohammad Amir, who surprised the cricketing world with his sudden retirement in 2020 at the age of 28.

“I personally contacted Mohammad Amir, offering him the opportunity to return to Pakistan’s cricket setup if he desired,” mentioned Hafeez. “I assured him that his performance in domestic cricket would be the key criteria, providing equal chances based solely on merit.”

“Amir expressed that he has moved on and his priorities in life have shifted, a choice we respect,” Hafeez concluded, respecting Amir’s decision.

Imad Wasim has faced severe criticism for choosing league cricket over national duty since Hafeez revealed about his conversation.

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