Hafeez is to blame for Pakistan’s failure in the World T20, says Abdul Razzaq

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“Hafeez is to blame for the defeat because he went there with a team of his choice and he played the eleven he wanted”

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has announced that Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez is to blame for the national team’s failure in the World Twenty20.

Pakistan failed to make it to the semi-finals as they were knocked out by the West Indies.

“Hafeez is to blame for the defeat because he went there with a team of his choice and he played the eleven he wanted,” Razzaq said. “He was unable to handle the pressure when the going got tough against India and the West Indies.

“There was no game plan and they were afraid to play positively and this will always let you down in this format of the game where your approach must be positive all the time.”

Razzaq still hasn’t forgiven Hafeez for dropping him in the semi-final of the 2012 World Twenty20, in which Sri Lanka beat them by 16 runs.

Razzaq also blames former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf for the position he finds himself in.

“Zaka Ashraf was the person who wanted to make Hafeez captain and for this he first had him appointed as captain of the Lahore Lions team although Hafeez played for Faisalabad,” Razzaq said. “But since Faisalabad were already being led by Misbah-ul-Haq Zaka knew Hafeez would never get a chance to lead the side so he had him move over to the Lahore team.

“He (Hafeez) has always followed a policy of personal like and dislike while selecting players and ignored merit. Neither has he allowed new players to settle down.”

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