Pakistani all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Tuesday dismissed hypothesis that there have been arduous emotions between him and former Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Speaking to Geo News, the Lahore Qalandars gamers, whose good half-century from the opposite day helped sunk Sarfaraz’s Quetta Gladiator throughout their PSL 2021 encounter, spoke about his knock.
Hafeez revealed that he had requested the coach to ship him in at quantity three. “I’m happy over yesterday’s innings, would like to play my role according to the [team’s] demand,” the cricketer added.
Hafeez stated that he had determined after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 that he wanted to concentrate on his batting approach, slightly than “modern cricket”.
“In other leagues, batsmen focus on hitting sixes. Hence, I decided to work on my power hitting,” he stated. Hafeez, an avid participant of golf, stated the game helped him enhance his batting quite a bit.
Spat with Sarfaraz
In response to a query, the Lahore Qalandars star stated he’s all the time completely happy when junior gamers carry out. “Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan are welcome additions to the squad,” he stated. “As a senior, I always support junior players.”
Hafeez stated that whether or not it’s Sarfaraz or anybody else, whoever carried out for the crew, he would reward him. “Sarfaraz is as dear to me as other cricketers,” he stated. “I have never problems with any cricketer so far. I always praise everyone and never compete with a person.”
Following the match between the Lahore Qalandars and the Quetta Gladiators, Pakistani followers began sharing Sarfaraz vs Hafeez memes on social media.
The two had been embroiled in a Twitter spat after Hafeez praised Rizwan and stated that he was the primary wicketkeeper in Pakistan.
Hafeez had taken an oblique jibe at Sarfaraz when he tweeted to understand Rizwan for his ton towards South Africa and stated, “Congratulations @iMRizwanPak on scoring T20 hundred. U r a Star shining star Wonder how long u need to prove that u r NO1 wicketkeeper/Batsman in Pakistan in all formats of the game”.
This prompted a response from Ahmed who has not been included within the taking part in XI.
“Hafeez bhai Sb, whoever has played for Pakistan from Imtiaz Ahmed, Wasim Bari, Tasleem Arif to Saleem Yousuf and from Moin Khan, Rashid Latif to Kamran Akmal and even Rizwan right now has always been number ONE for the country and have been respected accordingly,” he tweeted to Hafeez.
“Aur ayende bhee jisko bhee probability milega wo Pakistan ke liye quantity ONE hee huga. (And whoever is given an opportunity to play can be no 1 for Pakistan),” Sarfaraz had said.
Following the dispute, a report stated that PCB officials were upset with Sarfaraz and Hafeez over their exchange.
However, in a later interview, Sarfaraz denied there were any hostilities between the two, saying that he had always respected Hafeez and would continue to do so.
“I’ve no complaints towards Mohammad Hafeez,” Sarfaraz had said during a virtual press conference on Thursday. “He is my elder, I’ve all the time revered him and can proceed to take action,” added Sarfaraz.