PCB Confirms Parting Ways With Mohammad Hafeez As Director Of Cricket

PCB Confirms Parting Ways With Mohammad Hafeez As Director Of Cricket

Hafeez was appointed as PCB Director after being part of the Pakistan Cricket Technical Committee in November last year.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 11:09 PM IST
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Mohammad Hafeez | Credits: Twitter

Former captain Mohammad Hafeez parted ways with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as Director of Cricket on Thursday, February 15. Hafeez was appointed as PCB Director after being part of Pakistan Cricket Technical Committee in November last year.

Former Pakistan captain and all-rounder took over the role from Mickey Arthur, who coached Men in Green until he was removed from the post following the team's exit from the ODI World Cup 2023. Apart from being Director of Cricket, Hafeez had a short stint as head coach of Pakistan for Test series against Australia and T20I series against New Zealand.

Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed Mohammad Hafeez's resignation from his role as director of cricket through a tweet on its X handle (formerly Twitter). PCB lauded Hafeez's contribution to the team and his short stint as a coach during Australia and New Zealand tours.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board extends heartfelt gratitude to Mohammad Hafeez, Director 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 have been of immense importance. The PCB wishes Hafeez good luck and success in his future endeavours."

Mohammad Hafeez's stint as Pakistan cricket coach was unsuccessful as the side was whitewashed in the away three-match Test series by Australia, following up with 1-4 T20I series to New Zealand.

Earlier, it was reported that the Pakistan Sports Ministry told PCB not to offer long-term contract to Hafeez as Director of Cricket, leading to speculations over his sacking from the post.

Pakistan players unhappy with Hafeez's strict regime

During Pakistan's Test tour of Australia, there were several reports emerged about the promulgation of strict regime by Mohammad Hafeez, leading to frustrations among the players in the dressing room.

As per the local media report, the 43-year-old has formulated strignent policies against any inactivity and $500 fine on those sleeping on the ground or in the dressing room. His strict policies weren't found to be impressive by Pakistan players. A few players reportedly suggested a lack of personal space.

It was reported that Mohammad Hafeez put the blame on players for Pakistan's series defeat against Australia and New Zealand. The former Pakistan captain met interim PCB Chairman Shah Khawar to review Pakistan's shambolic performances in two away series.

As per the report by Geo News, Hafeez stated that players lacked interest in playing for national team and instead, more focused on franchise cricket. After complaints from players, it was likely that Mohammad Hafeez won't retained as coach.

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