PCB persuades Hafeez, Azhar Ali to join national camp following Amir conflict

PCB persuades Hafeez, Azhar Ali to join national camp following Amir conflict

By: || Updated: 26 Dec 2015 03:19 PM
Karachi: The crisis that erupted in Pakistan cricket following the refusal of senior players Mohammad
Hafeez and Azhar Ali to attend the national conditioning camp appeared to have been resolved on Saturday.

Hafeez and Ali had refused to join the camp in Lahore on Thursday, protesting against the presence of tainted left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir.

Following 48 hours of suspense, the two players met with the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Saturday in Lahore after which the latter announced the two had agreed to join the camp.

"I listened to them patiently and I also understand some of their reservations. But some of their views are not justifiable. I told them they have to follow policy of the board in the case of Amir," Khan said.

"They understand our position now and I am sure they will join the camp. I told them Amir has just been invited to the camp and he is not selected in the national team as yet. But even if he is selected it is job of the senior players to allow him to reintegrate with them and guide him," Khan explained.

Khan had on Friday said if the two players didn't change their stance the board could take disciplinary action against them.

The PCB chief, however, admitted that the PCB should have first talked to all the players to address their reservations or concerns. "But same time even they could have come to us beforehand," he reasoned.

Soon after the meeting, Hafeez spoke to the media in which he insisted his personal views on the matter remained unchanged.

"I understand there is a policy of the board and we have to follow it. But that does not change my view that anyone who has tarnished the image of Pakistan should not be allowed to play for the country again," he said.

"I have nothing personal against anyone it is a matter of principle stance for me that is all. My views are clear to everyone because to play for Pakistan is the biggest honour for me," he said.

Hafeez said the authorities had listened to his stance and
taken it well with understanding.

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