Source: PCB

The pitch-perfect harmony within the Pakistani cricket team seems to be facing a test, as senior players are not having good terms with director Mohammad Hafeez. During the ongoing the New Zealand tour, whispers of discontent are growing louder, primarily directed at Mohammad Hafeez’s stringent approach.

The discontent finds its roots in team meetings where the long team-meetings led by Mohammad Hafeez are becoming a point of contention. Senior players, already burdened with the pressure of the game, are expressing frustration at what they perceive as waste of time, disrupting the team’s environment.

Beyond the management issues, senior players are also at loggerheads with Hafeez over the issuance of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for upcoming franchise leagues.

Source: PCB

NOCs are the golden tickets in the cricketing world, that pave the way for players to participate in lucrative T20 leagues worldwide. While the likes of Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Azam Khan smoothly secured their NOCs for ILT20 by PCB, trouble brewed when some cricketers sought clearance for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Mohammad Hafeez’s hesitancy to greenlight these requests has left several players teetering on the edge of uncertainty for their participation in the league.

While the current unrest is in its early stages, there is potential for the issues to escalate, with the final of the ILT20 coinciding with the opening match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 on February 17.

Notably, Pakistan cricket team is currently in New Zealand for a five-match T20I series, where they have lost first two T20Is.

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