Pakistan cricket Thursday braced for another storm when former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and current one-day skipper Azhar Ali refused to train with tainted paceman Mohammad Amir in an ongoing fitness camp.
Hafeez told head coach Waqar Younis he would not attend any part of the camp in which Amir will participate, sources close to the matter said.
“Hafeez had talked about his reservations when Amir was included in the camp and after meeting with Waqar, Hafeez told him categorically that he will not attend any part of the camp in which Amir is present,” a source close to Hafeez said.
One-day captain Azhar Ali also backed Hafeez in boycotting the camp staged to train the team for next month’s tour of New Zealand where they will play three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 internationals.
“Hafeez and I can’t accept Amir’s presence in the camp,” Ali said in Lahore.
“We are firm on our stance but are ready to talk to officials,” he said.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said they were making moves to convince Hafeez and Azhar, adding that they would respond to media in more detail only after meetings are completed.