Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s leading T20 runscorer in 2020, has been left out from the 20-man squad for the 3-match T20I series against South Africa. PCB chief selector Mohammad Wasim revealed Hafeez was not picked for the T20I squad as he was ‘unavailable’. The 40-year-old was in a deadlock over the date in which he would enter the bio-bubble with the rest of the Pakistan squad for the T20I series. The PCB had asked the players to enter the bio-secure bubble by February 3 ahead of the PAK vs SA T20I series, which starts on February 11. Pakistan Drops Wahab Riaz, Includes Hasan Ali for T20I Series Against South Africa.
Hafeez, who is currently playing in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, had requested for the PCB to allow him to join the rest of the team in Lahore by Feb 6. But reportedly the discussion reached an impasse leaving PCB no option but to leave the star batsman out of the squad. “Hafeez was asked regarding his availability but he denied his availability before February 3. We can’t select him due to protocols of the bio-secure bubble.
Pakistan Announce Squad for South Africa T20I Series
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 31, 2021
“Unfortunately, the scenario is as such that every player has to join the bio-bubble on Feb 3, and if a player can’t do so, it means he is unavailable,” chief selector Wasim said. “If he was available, there’s no question on his performance, but unfortunately he is not available.”
Mohammad Hafeez Not Picked for South Africa T20I Series
Mohammad Wasim “Mohammad Hafeez is in prolific form & he would have been part of the squad. Unfortunately he won’t be able to join the bio-bubble due to playing in the T10 League by February 3 which is why we have not picked him” #PAKvSA #Cricket
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 31, 2021
Hafeez has been one of Pakistan’s best batsman in the shortest format in recent times. He has scored 502 runs in his last 12 T20I matches at an average of 100.40 with a strike rate of 153. Last year, Hafeez scored 415 runs in 10 matches at an average of 83 in T20s. Netizens were left disappointed with Hafeez’s exclusion from the squad and took to social media to vent their disappointment. Take a look at some top reactions.
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Hafeez bhai don’t mind this was to give chance to the youngsters and show their talent to be selected in t20 world cup. Of course you are a part of t20 world cup.
– MoosaAhmed 🇵🇰 (@ Moosaahmed0) January 31, 2021
Mohammad Hafeez Reacts to Pakistan’s Squad for South Africa T20I Series
“Indeed ALLAH is with the patient” pic.twitter.com/ff1VLMpmwv
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) January 31, 2021
No Mohammad Hafeez in Squad
– Zia Siddiqui (@Zia_sidd) January 31, 2021
Why Mohammad Hafeez Was Not Picked
🇵🇰✈️ | Why Mohammad Hafeez is not selected in T20 squad? Selection Committee approached M Hafeez for his availability to join biosecure bubble by 3Feb but he was unavailable. Also M Hafeez will travel to Pakistan via commercial airline which will breach biosecure bubble. #PAKvSA
– Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) January 31, 2021
Mohammad Hafeez Was Not Picked for His Own Reasons
He told PCB he could be back by 6th before he left. PCB said 3rd is the date else you will be deemed unavailable. All of this was discussed and known before he left for UAE
His non selection is 100% on him
Looks like he gambled and lost. Mohammad Wasim is Naya PCB 👏
– Dennis (@DennisCricket_) January 31, 2021
Pakistan also dropped Fakhar Zaman and Wahab Riaz for the T20I series while Shadab Khan is still nursing an injury while Imad Wasim was unavailable due to family commitments. Hasan Ali, Asif Ali and Aamer Yamin were recalled in the squad. The T20Is will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on February 11, 13 and 14.
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