Former Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja thrashed Mohammad Hafeez for prioritizing the T10 league over his international duties for Pakistan. Mohammad Hafeez denied joining Pakistan’s bio-secure bubble by February 3 considering his Abu Dhabi T10 League commitment. Hafeez’s decision to continue with the T10 league will keep him out of Pakistan’s T20Is squad against South Africa. Pakistan will host South Africa for their first T20I clash on Thursday, February 11 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Ramiz Raja slams Mohammad Hafeez for his ‘selfish behavior’
Hafeez is currently playing for the Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 league. The 40-year-old Pakistani ace came up with the goods for the Arabians in their last outing against Bangla Tigers, where the versatile batsmen played a decisive inning of 61 runs. Pakistani commentator Ramiz Raja, while criticizing Hafeez, said that the experienced cricketer should have been flexible while following the rules in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“International teams are now coming to Pakistan so it is imperative that everyone religiously follows Covid-19 protocols. Among those playing in T10 League, Asif Ali is coming but not Mohammad Hafeez because he doesn’t want to end his contract. “This shows the level of thinking because, considering the situation, we should be prepared to follow the necessary protocols even if there are last-minute changes,” Raja was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel.
“If you look at Haris Rauf, he left Big Bash League to join Pakistan’s Test squad which shows what his priority is. If Pakistan is your priority then you are headed in the right direction. “If you want to serve the leagues at the cost of selection for the Pakistan team, then you are certainly not on the right path. One should think about Pakistan instead of being selfish because nobody will back you,” he added.