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Inzamam slams PCB’s decision to remove Hafeez, demands respect for players

Written by Praveen CA

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised the country’s cricket board for removing Muhammed Hafeez as Team Director due to recent poor results, asserting that it is unfair to “target” ex-players in administrative roles when officials are refusing to shoulder any responsibility for the side’s performance.

The PCB had last month parted ways with Hafeez after a 0-3 Test defeat in Australia followed by a 1-4 T20 International series loss to New Zealand.

Hafeez’s contract, initially short-term, concluded after the T20 series in New Zealand, following the sports ministry’s recommendation against a long-term agreement.

“Can someone explain the reasoning behind removing Muhammad Hafeez as team director but retaining Wahab Riaz as chief selector after the Australian and New Zealand tours?” Inzamam said on a TV show.

“Weren’t both appointed at same time and given same responsibilities so why has only Hafeez been held accountable and not Wahab Riaz?” he asked.

The former cricket great, who resigned as chief selector in acrimonious circumstances during last year’s World Cup, also urged the PCB to start respecting players.

“The PCB Chairman no doubt is a highly respectable position but don’t former captains and stalwarts deserve the same amount of respect from the top board officials,” said Inzamam.

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