Mohammad Hafeez attacks PCB over NOC drama; criticism "paid media and fans" for making him a villain

Mohammad Hafeez

Former Pakistan captain and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has launched a fresh scathing attack on the Mohsin Naqvi-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their latest move ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 in the US and Indies. Westerners, starting June 1. .

In fact, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently denied having issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Usama Mir to participate in the England T20 Blast. PCB cited that Mir played his allotted quota of foreign leagues in a year, so the board cannot allow him to play in the T20 Blast in England.

After the PCB’s move, Hafeez attacked the board and asked Pakistani fans and media where they are now as they continuously criticized him when he was director and head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.

Hafeez said that he was criticized for many uncommitted sins like the NOC policy and now why the protectors of Pakistan cricket are silent. The former Pakistani captain also hinted that he was fired from his job due to the NOC drama.

Notably, Hafeez was appointed Pakistan team manager and head coach on an interim basis by the Zaka Asraf-led PCB management in November last year, but after reports emerged that he was too harsh with his approach and some of his controversial decisions, Naqvi removed him from office.

Apart from this, the Men in Green were whitewashed by Australia in a T20I series, and then New Zealand crushed them 4-1 in a five-match T20I series, leaving many disappointed. During his tenure, Pakistani pacer Haris Rauf was also ruled out of the competition for the Test tour to Australia.

Rauf wanted to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) against Hafeez’s idea, and that led to him losing the PCB central contract. Hafeez also did not allow under-19 cricketers to play in Pakistan’s domestic T20 Cup. These are the issues that went against him and he lost his position in the Pakistan cricket system.

But now Mir’s drama before the NOC gave him the opportunity to criticize the PCB for having problems with his elections, and now they are doing the same, but no one is saying anything. The former Pakistan all-rounder has openly criticized fans and ‘paid media’ for unnecessarily attacking him when he was on the charge.

Mohammad Hafeez posted on . Who is to blame now? β€œIt is a mutual agreement between the players and PCB on a central contract.”

Notably, Pakistan recently won a T20I series in Ireland but there has been no significant improvement in the team’s performance as they suffered a crushing defeat in the second T20I in England.

However, both matches of the ongoing four-match T20I series were canceled due to rain, but the Men in Green would now look to finish the UK tour with a win in the final match on May 30.