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Mohammad Hafeez Dropped From Pakistan’s T20I Squad for South Africa Series, Disappointed Fans React

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 the bio-bubble with the rest of the 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.

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“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.”

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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 media to vent their disappointment. Take a look at some top reactions.

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Pakistan also dropped Fakhar 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.

(The above story first appeared on Reportr Door on Jan 31, 2021 06:14 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website