Pakistan’s veteran limited-over cricketer, Mohammad Hafeez was d ismissed from the squad as the newly appointed chief selector of PCB
Hafeez’s exclusion was a big question mark but the speculations hint towards his own willingness and commitments for the T10 league. Being part of the Maratha Arabians, Hafeez earlier informed PCB that he would not be available till 3rd February.
Wasim replied that as per the legal policies of the bio-secure bubble, the board will not wait for him and will expose the T20I squad on 1st February.
However, Hafeez returned two days later but as the squad was already announced, he could not be part of it. He also posted a disappointing Tweet. His performances have been remarkable in the year 2020.
Staying as the top-scorer in the T20I format, Hafeez was trending in the cricketing World. The squad will miss his services.
Younis Khan, the batting coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team also has shown his desires as he continues to miss Hafeez’s place. The coach uttered that Mohammad Hafeez has performed well in the T20Is last year so his absence will be felt in the T20I series against SA.
Pak vs SA: Younis Khan misses Mohammad Hafeez in the T20I series
“Ex-captain Hafeez has performed outstandingly so will definitely miss him in the T20 series against South Africa”.
Team @TheRealPCB batting coach @YounusK75 says “ex captain @MHafeez22 has performed outstandingly so will definitely miss him in the T20 series against @OfficialCSA .”#PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/OiivdIA11k
— Syed Yahya Hussaini (@SYahyaHussaini) February 11, 2021
Notably, the first T20I is about to begin as the Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore welcomes the guest and the host teams.
Here is the playing XI of the first T20I:
The complete schedule for Pak vs SA T20I series:
1st T20I: Date: 11th February 2021, Day: Thursday, Time: 6:30 PM, Venue: Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore
2nd T20I: Date: 13th February 2021, Day: Saturday, Time: 6:30 PM, Venue: Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore
3rd T20I: Date: 14th February 2021, Day: Sunday, Time: 6:30 PM, Venue: Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore