- Hafeez says he at all times appreciates younger gamers
- Lavishes reward once more on Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi
- Sarfaraz is as pricey to me as different gamers, says Hafeez
LAHORE: All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Tuesday broke silence over his Twitter spat with former Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, saying that he had no issues with him.
The Lahore Qalandars’ batsman, who performed a powerful knock yesterday to defeat the Quetta Gladiators, spoke about energy hitting and bettering his kind.
“I asked the coach to send me at the one-down position,” he mentioned relating to the match. “I’m happy over yesterday’s innings, would like to play my role according to the [team’s] demand,” the cricketer added.
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Hafeez mentioned that he had determined after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that he wanted to deal with his batting method, reasonably than “modern cricket”.
“In other leagues, batsmen focus on hitting sixes. Hence, I decided to work on my power hitting,” he mentioned. Hafeez, an avid participant of golf, mentioned the game helped him enhance his batting rather a lot.
The Sarfaraz spat
In response to a query, the Lahore Qalandars star mentioned he’s at all times completely satisfied when junior gamers carry out. “Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan are welcome additions to the squad,” he mentioned. “As a senior, I always support junior players.”
Hafeez mentioned that whether or not or not it’s Sarfaraz or anybody else, whoever carried out for the crew, he would reward him. “Sarfaraz is as dear to me as other cricketers,” he mentioned. “I have never problems with any cricketer so far. I always praise everyone and never compete with a person.”
Following the match between the Lahore Qalandars and the Quetta Gladiators, Pakistani followers began sharing Sarfaraz vs Hafeez memes on social media.
The 2 had been embroiled in a Twitter spat after Hafeez praised Rizwan and mentioned that he was the primary wicketkeeper in Pakistan.
Hafeez had taken an oblique jibe at Sarfaraz when he tweeted to understand Rizwan for his ton towards South Africa and mentioned, “Congratulations @iMRizwanPak on scoring T20 hundred. U r a Star shining star Wonder how long u need to prove that u r NO1 wicketkeeper/Batsman in Pakistan in all formats of the game”.
This prompted a response from Ahmed who has not been included within the taking part in XI.
“Hafeez bhai Sb, whoever has played for Pakistan from Imtiaz Ahmed, Wasim Bari, Tasleem Arif to Saleem Yousuf and from Moin Khan, Rashid Latif to Kamran Akmal and even Rizwan right now has always been number ONE for the country and have been respected accordingly,” he tweeted to Hafeez.
“Aur ayende bhee jisko bhee likelihood milega wo Pakistan ke liye quantity ONE hee huga. (And whoever is given an opportunity to play can be no 1 for Pakistan),” Sarfaraz had said.
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Following the dispute, a report said that PCB officers had been upset with Sarfaraz and Hafeez over their change.
Nonetheless, in a later interview, Sarfaraz denied there have been any hostilities between the 2, saying that he had at all times revered Hafeez and would proceed to take action.
“I have no complaints against Mohammad Hafeez,” Sarfaraz had mentioned throughout a digital press convention on Thursday. “He is my elder, I have always respected him and will continue to do so,” added Sarfaraz.
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