Mohammad Hafeez, the current team director of the Pakistan cricket team, finds himself embroiled in a precarious situation as his relationship with both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and former teammate Wahab Riaz appears strained.
The PCB’s recent reluctance to grant Hafeez permission for a media conference after the losses in Australia and New Zealand has raised eyebrows, signaling potential discord within the cricketing body.
Even Wahab Riaz, the chief selector, seems to have distanced himself from supporting the former captain. These events signal a shift in dynamics, leaving Hafeez’s future uncertain.
Despite Hafeez’s instrumental role in Wahab Riaz’s appointment as chief selector, their relationship has soured over recent disagreements.
Notably, tensions escalated during a crucial meeting with the Prime Minister last month regarding the selection of Salman Butt as a selector.
Allegations surfaced that Hafeez, who was present via video call in the meeting, failed to endorse Wahab’s stance. He also distanced himself from the decisions and held Wahab accountable.
Meanwhile, Hafeez was also interfering in selection matters too much, which further soured the relationship between former teammates.
Interestingly, Wahab Riaz’s close association with Mohsin Naqvi, the newly elected Chairman of PCB, suggests a shift in allegiances. Although, Riaz tried to convince Naqvi to have a conversation with Hafeez but it fell flat, signaling the team director’s precarious position.
Following his appointment as team director, Hafeez faced challenges in securing a long-term contract due to governmental approval constraints. Subsequently, his efforts to address media queries regarding team performance were met with resistance from the PCB.
Amidst growing discontent, senior players within the national team have also expressed frustration with Hafeez’s stringent approach and decision-making.
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