Hafeez will continue on as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain, says Najam Sethi

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“When the time comes we will see what to do”

The head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Interim Management Committee, Najam Sethi, has announced that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will continue captaining Pakistan’s Twenty20 team.

“We have taken no decision to change Mohammad Hafeez as the T20 captain presently,” Sethi said. “As far as the captains are concerned, it is a status quo.

“When the time comes we will see what to do.”

When asked why Pakistan had fired the team doctor and fitness trainer in favour for Dale Naylor, Sethi said: “We fired Dr Riaz Ahmed recently as team doctor for mishandling the injury case of Shoaib Malik…the decisions to bring in a foreign trainer were taken to provide the best people for our players.”

Sethi also defended his decision to allow 19-year-old left-arm pace bowler Usman Khan Shinwari to play in the recently concluded Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

“Basically Misbah-ul-Haq had come to me and told me he saw Shinwari as a unique talent,” Sethi said. “I spoke to the selectors about this and they also agreed that he can be tried out in the team.

“I asked the selectors what assurance was there if Shinwari was sent to Dubai the captain would take the risk of playing him and after initial reluctance Hafeez also agreed to play him in both matches.

“After Shinwari was given just one over in the first match against Sri Lanka and there was lot of hue and cry and I was informed by the team management he would be playing again in the second match and will be given a full chance which is what I tweeted…the fact is that I don’t interfere in selection or team affairs and when taking cricket related decisions, I always consult the experts.”

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