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The 40-year-old all-rounder took to his Twitter to share the main points of the squad with a cryptic caption: “Indeed ALLAH is with the patient”. Photograph: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan introduced its 20-man squad for the upcoming T20I sequence in opposition to South Africa on Sunday and the crew’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez together with Wahab Riaz had been discovered excluded from the squad. 

Following the announcement, the 40-year-old all-rounder took to his Twitter to share the main points of the squad with a cryptic caption: “Certainly ALLAH is with the affected person”.

Nonetheless, a well-placed supply throughout the PCB informed the publication that simply earlier than the primary T20 in opposition to New Zealand on December 18, Hafeez by an electronic mail had communicated to the board that he wouldn’t be able to take part within the three-match dwelling sequence in opposition to South Africa on account of his prior dedication with the T20 league within the UAE.

“Yes, he had sent an email to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) around December 15 which said that he would not be in a position to figure in the T20 series against South Africa due to his commitments with the T10 League in the UAE. Even then we tried to convince him to join the bio-secure bubble on February 3 to which he did not agree,” the supply disclosed.

‘We’ve our limitations’

Pakistan and South Africa cricket authorities have already signed an MoU by which all the chosen gamers for the T20 sequence should be a part of the bubble on or earlier than February 3.

“We have our limitations. Though we wanted to include Hafeez for the series he was adamant to join only on February 5 after playing his last T10 League match on February 4.”

“Since he would be traveling back to Pakistan and in between, he would be out of the bubble for almost a day, and rejoining others could be a risky affair. The PCB on the other hand cannot go against the MoU so we have to stick to the agreement,” the board added.

The opposite aspect

Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder had brushed apart rumours about his unavailability for the T20I sequence in opposition to South Africa in a press convention per week in the past.

Learn extra: Pakistan declares 20-man T20I squad for South Africa sequence

“I’m fully available for the T20I series [against South Africa] as my priority is always playing for Pakistan. I was also given NOC for T10 League because it would not clash with Pakistan’s international commitments. I will also comply with all the bio-secure bubble requirements,” stated Hafeez whereas talking on the Sports activities Journalists Affiliation of Lahore’s (SJAL) program “meet the press”.

Becoming a member of coronavirus bubble 

The publication additionally highlighted that chief selector Mohammad Wasim talked to Hafeez on Saturday in an effort to persuade him to hitch the bubble in time. 

“He was not ready for that as he said he could only join the bubble on February 5. That is the reason Hafeez has been left out of the T20 series,” the supply stated.

The supply added that the PCB comprehended the scenario effectively in time and that was why it had approached Hafeez in December.

“Hafeez’s email came after PCB’s cricket operation department approached him to clarify his position. Hafeez clearly mentioned his inability to make himself available for the series.”

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