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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finds itself in the midst of a brewing controversy as Mohammad Hafeez, the current Director of Coaching, faces calls for resignation due to his past statements on working with tainted cricketers.
The former cricketer, who had previously declared his reluctance to collaborate with individuals tainted by a history of misconduct, is under scrutiny from fans who are demanding his immediate resignation in light of the recent inclusion of Salman Butt in the PCB selection committee.
Hafeez’s outspoken stance against involvement with players marred by a tainted past has resurfaced, creating a paradox within the PCB’s leadership. Fans argue that Hafeez’s continued presence in a position of authority contradicts his earlier principles and calls into question the board’s commitment to maintaining a clean and transparent cricketing environment.
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Former cricketer also advice Hafeez to retire
Adding to the chorus of criticism, former cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz has openly advised Mohammad Hafeez to step down from his role as Director of Coaching. Nawaz, known for his unwavering stance against corruption in cricket, pointed out that Hafeez’s previous stance on not working with tainted players should prompt him to resign immediately.
The contradiction between Hafeez’s principled statements and his current position has heightened the controversy, with fans and former players alike questioning the integrity of the PCB’s leadership.
However, the situation takes an intriguing turn as the PCB, facing mounting pressure and backlash, has recently reversed its decision to include Salman Butt in the selection committee. Chief selector Wahab Riaz, in a statement, clarified that the initial decision was his own and not influenced by external forces. He expressed the view that people should move on from past incidents, highlighting Salman Butt’s completion of his punishment related to the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.
Wahab Riaz’s statement suggests that the reversal of the decision was not a matter of personal choice but a response to external pressures, including the strong opinions voiced by former cricketers.
I think people should move on. Whatever happened was some time ago, and he (Salman Butt) served his punishment. For me, he is a good cricketing mind, and that’s why I wanted him as a consultant. There is no pressure on me – it was my decision, and I am the one who has reverted this decision as well. People need to understand that you should move on in life, but I think some people perhaps started running an agenda because they wanted to cast dirt on the cricket board and extract personal benefit out of insulting PCB. Since I am a part of this organization, I didn’t want any such thing to happen, especially due to my decision, so I took it back.”
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