Whatmore denies having any problems with Hafeez
Pakistan head coach Dav Whatmore has revealed that he never wanted to replace Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez after the national team were knocked out in the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Whatmore believes that this latest accusation is just an attempt to demoralise the national team ahead of their limited overs series against arch-rivals India in December.
The Pakistan media reported that Whatmore had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to replace Hafeez, who took over as Twenty20 captain from Misbah-ul-Haq in May.
In a statement released by the PCB, Whatmore said: “I wish to clarify that I am currently not in Pakistan and have not given any interview or statement to any media. Neither have I submitted or discussed any such suggestion to the PCB.”
Hafeez was criticised by his team-mates, especially all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, for making decisions based on personal choice during the World Twenty20.
Razzaq lashed out at Hafeez for dropping him during the semi-final match against Sri Lanka.
However, amidst all the criticism, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf stated that Hafeez would still be Twenty20 captain for the upcoming limited overs tour of India.
Whatmore believes that these reports were aimed at causing disharmony amongst the Pakistan players and the team management.
“The news item is totally incorrect and based on wrong intentions. It is an attempt to demoralise the team when they are preparing for the all-important Indian tour,” Whatmore added.
Pakistan’s tour of India will be the first series between the two nations since 2007.