Hafeez, Azhar Ali boycott camp owing to Amir’s participation

LAHORE :One Day International (ODI) captain Azhar Ali and former skipper Muhammad Hafeez on Thursday have boycotted traning camp for New Zealand series citing participation of Muhammad Amir as the reason.Selection committee’s member Kabeer Khan had also argued against Amir’s participation in the squad for New Zealand series.Hafeez has said that he would not play if the spot-fixing scandal notorious Amir would be included. Both, Hafeez and the ODI captain have boycotted the training camp ahead of the New Zealand visit.T20I captain Shahid Afridi, bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed and chief selector Haroon Rashid have convened an emergency meeting to settle the issue and visit team s options.The series include three ODIs and three T20I. Pakistan will try to better its rankings in ODI after it lost the last series to England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the schedule, the series will start on January 15 and will continue until January 31. A training camp is underway at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.Several reports have been surfacing for the past weeks about Hafeez’s reservations over young pacer Amir’s participation. Pakistan s legendary bowler, Wasim Akram has sided with Amir for his selection for series against New Zealand.On the other hand, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a statement issued today stated that Amir has been cleared to play international cricket in the green shirt. The board stated that the spot-fixing accused has served his punishment and has shown excellent performance in the first-class cricket.It should also be mentioned here Muhammad Amir has shown phenomenal performance in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The 2010 spot-fixing scandal also involved Muhammad Asif and Salman Butt. The international cricket authority had banned the player for five years.


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