Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali and batsman Mohammad Hafeez revolted against tainted bowler Mohammad Amir’s inclusion in the probable camp at Lahore, Agha Akbar, the manager of the team revealed. Both Ali and Hafeez turned their face off from the national camp.
Amir, who was in the selection mix after serving a five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot fixing scandal, was one of the probables named for the pre-season conditioning camp in the build-up to the New Zealand tour. Both Hafeez and Azhar were playing domestic matches and had missed the first three days of the camp which began on December 21. They were scheduled to join the camp on Thursday, but Agha Akbar confirmed that the pair did not train with the side.
“Both are not joining the training camp today apparently because of Mohammad Amir,” Akbar told ESPNcricinfo.
Captain Azhar apparently said he will not join the as long as Amir is there. “I will not attend the camp as long as Amir is there,” he said. “This is my decision and we are open to discussing with the PCB. I don’t want to comment on Hafeez’s decision, but we both have the same stance.'”
In November Hafeez said he denied to play for Bangladesh premier Leagues side Chittagong Vikings as Amir was playing for the franchise. Hafeez told that he could not play “with any player who has tarnished and brought a bad name to the country”, but he accepted an offer from other franchise and lost his wicket fo Amir in the first match. However, he stressed that it was his personal opinion.
In 2011, Amir was jailed in London as he was found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 Lord’s Test along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez. The scandal was revealed by a sting operation to bowl deliberate no-balls. Amir was given six months sentence and served half of it at the Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset.
Amir’s suspension got over on September 1 this year. Amir had been allowed to return to cricket ahead of schedule by the ICC in January and has since featured in Pakistan’s domestic T20 and first class competitions. He has taken wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez in Bangladesh premier League.
A PCB source also added that Azhar Ali could be sacked as captain of ODI team for this step and Shoaib Malik might replace him as the new captain.