Mohammad Hafeez tenure as director of Pakistan team ends as PCB part ways with him

Under Hafeez's guidance Pakistan lost Test series in Australia and T20Is in New Zealand.

Mohammad Hafeez interacting with Pakistan team | GettyMohammad Hafeez’s short term as director Pakistan team came to an end after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against extending his contract and parted ways with him.

PCB's latest decision comes after a period marked by less-than-favorable results, including a series of losses in Test matches in Australia and an ongoing T20I series in New Zealand.

Hafeez's contract situation was further complicated by the sports ministry's suggestion not to proceed with a long-term agreement, leading to his short-term contract concluding after the T20 series in New Zealand.

There were also concerns about the team’s performance under his guidance as he took over as head coach role also.

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"The Pakistan Cricket Board extends heartfelt gratitude to Mohammad Hafeez, Director of Pakistan men’s cricket team, for his invaluable contributions. Hafeez's passion for the game has inspired players and his mentorship during the tour of Australia and New Zealand has been of immense importance. The PCB wishes Hafeez good luck and success in his future endeavors," PCB posted on X.

In an illustrious career spanning 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20Is, Hafeez scored 12,780 runs and took 253 wickets for Pakistan.

Reports had stated that during his tenure, Hafeez shared a strained relationship with Pakistan players, especially during the New Zealand T20I tour. Criticisms were directed at his management style, particularly his penchant for lengthy meetings and a perceived rigid approach.

The tensions were at their all-time high due to Hafeez’s reluctance to issue NOCs to players like Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Azam Khan for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), jeopardizing their contracts.


By Jatin Sharma - 15 Feb, 2024

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