Pak­istan’s bats­man Hafeez re­fuses to play in Amir team

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DUBAI: Se­nior Pak­istan bats­man Mo­ham­mad Hafeez yes­ter­day be­came the first crick­eter to refuse to play along­side Mo­ham­mad Amir. The tainted but cleared pace­man will fea­ture for Chit­tagong Vik­ings in the Bangladesh premier league start­ing from Wed­nes­daya team Hafeez said also asked him to join. “I was ap­proached by my agent to play for the Chit­tagong team but when I knew that Amir was also in that team so I re­fused it point blank,” Hafeez said. “I have no per­sonal is­sues with Amir or Chit­tagong, it’s my per­sonal opin­ion that I can’t share the dress­ing room with some­one who hurt my coun­try’s in­tegrity.” Hafeez added: “If any other team makes me an of­fer then I will play the league and I have no prob­lems fac­ing Amir as I have played against him in the do­mes­tic matches but can’t be in the same team,” said Hafeez, a for­mer Pak­istan Twenty20 cap­tain. Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan had ad­mit­ted some se­nior play­ers were against Amir and other two-Sal­man Butt and Mo­ham­mad Asif. The trio was caught in a spot-fix­ing scan­dal on Pak­istan’s tour of Eng­land in 2010 and were sub­se­quently banned for five years. They were also jailed in Bri­tain.—AFP

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