CEO – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan revealed that veteran cricketer Mohammad Hafeez turned down central contract offer.
Speaking to reporters, Khan said they offered central contracts to Hafeez and Fawad Alam and promotion to Rizwan. “We had decided to promote Rizwan, Fawad, and Hafeez following their recent performances. Rizwan has been promoted from B category to A whereas Fawad got a place in C category,” he told journalists.
“However, Mohammad Hafeez declined the reward and while I am disappointed, I fully respect his decision. He wants to wait for the PCB Central Contract 2021-22 list, which he is fully entitled to,” he shared.
It must be noted here that Hafeez has recently remained in the headlines for his relations with the team management. He missed South Africa T20I series after refusing to join the national team’s COVID-19 bubble at the said time frame.
On the other hand, Rizwan is Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Tests since 13 May 2020 with 529 runs in seven matches at an average of 52.90, while he is overall the third leading run-scorer in T20Is with 325 runs at an average of 65 and strike-rate of just under 139. In the three ODIs against Zimbabwe, he scored 25 runs.
Behind the wickets, Rizwan has accounted for 16 batsmen in Tests, three in ODIs and eight in T20Is in the season during which Pakistan played international cricket against England, Zimbabwe, New Zealand and South Africa.
Whereas, Fawad scored centuries against New Zealand and South Africa, and has now aggregated 320 runs in 11 innings of six Tests. His 102 against New Zealand in the Boxing Day Test earned him the PCB Individual Performance of 2020 award.