I have broth­erly ties with Mis­bah: Hafeez

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

Pak­istan's Twenty20 cap­tain Mo­ham­mad Hafeez rub­bished ru­mours of a rift be­tween him­self and ODI and Test skip­per Mis­bah-ul-Haq and called upon the me­dia in the coun­try to act re­spon­si­bly. Hafeez also scoffed at sug­ges­tions that he was in­ter­ested in se­cur­ing cap­taincy in all three for­mats.

"I have broth­erly re­la­tions with Mis­bah that will al­ways re­main so. I have no ob­ses­sion to be­come cap­tain as my only mo­tive is to rep­re­sent Pak­istan. Cap­taincy can­not be snatched. Hatch­ing con­spir­a­cies have never been part of my ca­reer. All the play­ers are like a fam­ily and are sup­port­ive of each other," Hafeez told the Ex­press Tri­bune.

Just days ear­lier, Pak­istani me­dia re­ported a se­ri­ous dis­pute be­tween one-day cap­tain Mis­bah-ul Haq and Twenty20 skip­per Mo­ham­mad Hafeez over the se­lec­tion of the team.

"Mis­bah and Hafeez have devel­oped se­ri­ous dif­fer­ences over the se­lec­tion of the fi­nal eleven and it has come to an ex­tent that both are not on talk­ing terms," a lead­ing Urdu news­pa­per re­ported, quot­ing sources in the team.

Former pace­man Sikan­der Bakht said Hafeez wants to dis­place Mis­bah as one-day cap­tain. "Hafeez scored 86 in the Twenty20 win so he must be fly­ing high and now wants to take over as one-day cap­tain," Bakht said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view, re­fer­ring to Hafeez's match-win­ning knock in Pak­istan's 95-run win at Cen­tu­rion last Sun­day.

But the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) said it con­ducted an in­quiry with the team man­age­ment and found the re­ports were base­less. "The PCB high- ups launched a thor­ough in­quiry, con­tacted the team man­age­ment in South Africa and it was dis­cov­ered that no such dis­agree­ment what­so­ever ex­isted amongst the think tank, or be­tween Mis­bah and Hafeez," the PCB said in a state­ment. Hafeez also shot back, ask­ing the me­dia to state facts. "I re­quest the me­dia not to put its per­sonal opin­ion or be­lief in the news," he said.

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