As Mohammad Amir returned to his fielding position on the boundary, an individual from one section in the stand began waving currency notes.  

Observing the situation from the distance, Pakistan’s senior player and former captain Mohammad Hafeez-who was a vocal critic of Amir had come to the young fast bowler’s rescue.

Hafeez and other players reported the incident to the Pakistan team’s security in charge and the ground staff was requested to intervene. The Basin Reserve’s security proceeded and issued a sound warning to that individual.

A source speaking after the match said the person in question was told to ‘behave’ or face ejection from the stadium. 

Hafeez and one-day captain Azhar Ali were strictly against Amir’s return to Pakistan colours. Hafeez and one-day international skipper Azhar Ali were strictly against Amir’s return to Pakistan colours. They went as far as boycotting a national training camp because of the left-arm pacer’s presence.

But Hafeez, in particular, had taken an extremely harsh stance on the issue. He had reportedly turned down an offer from a Bangladesh Premier League franchise having Amir in their lineup and refused to face the young fast bowler during one of the nets session at the Gaddafi Stadium.

But Hafeez, in particular, had taken an extremely harsh stance on the issue. He had reportedly turned down an offer from a Bangladesh Premier League franchise having Amir in their lineup and refused to face the young fast bowler during one of the nets session at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Hafeez had always maintained that “it is about the image of Pakistan cricket”.

Today in Wellington, donning Pakistan colours, seeing his teammate being sledged at, Hafeez lived up to his words.

In a separate development, a bunch of reporters in Lahore posed a tricky question to PCB supremo Shaharyar Khan after Amir bowled a wide off his first delivery back in ODIs.

Khan, who took over the board’s chairmanship in August 2014, was quick in rubbishing their suspicions.

“A wide and a no-ball in cricket is as natural as winning and losing. I am satisfied with Amir’s performance,” he said.

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