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Ex-Pakistan pace bowler Jalaluddin has questioned why all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is not playing any matches when he is supposedly fit.
It is understood that Hafeez was supposed to make his comeback fduring the ongoing five-match ODI series against England, but he has not featured in the first three matches.
The 38-year-old recently underwent a second operation on his fractured thumb, but is said to have virtually recovered.
With only two games to go before Pakistan play their World Cup warm-up matches, Jalaluddin pointed out that it is imperative Hafeez plays some matches before the start of the quadrennial event, especially as he is considered to be a crucial member of the national team.
“If he has got his fitness why is he not being played? When will they give him chance to prove his form and fitness for the World Cup?” he told The News International. “Shadab Khan, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik are our main players and they have not played so far.”
After the ODI series against England, Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.