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Hafeez, Azhar Ali to face disciplinary action for boycotting camp

cricket Updated: Dec 25, 2015 22:27 IST
Mohammad Amir,Azhar Ali,Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez shakes hands with teammate Azhar Ali at close of play on the third day of the third Test match between Pakistan and England.(AFP Photo)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan said on Friday that former T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and One-Day International (ODI) captain Azhar Ali can face disciplinary action after the two cricketers boycotted a fitness training camp due to the inclusion ofspot-fixing tainted pacer Mohammad Amir.

Shaharyar was quoted as saying by BBC: “We have talked earlier regarding this matter and we will talk again, but still if they (Azhar and Hafeez) do not agree then the PCB will think about disciplinary action against them.”

Amir’s bid to make a comeback to the national side was given a major boost last week after PCB inducted the fast bowler in a camp for 26 players which also includes T20 captain Shahid Afridi.

The board on Wednesday issued a statement backing Amir’s return to the national set-up saying “even Islam calls for forgiveness in such cases”.

But PCB’s efforts to reintegrate the pacer back into the national side took a hit on Thursday after Ali and Hafeez failed to ‘report to the camp’ at the National Cricket Academy here.

Azhar has publicly opposed Amir’s inclusion.

“We will not take part in a camp which also includes Amir. We will not back down on our stance but are willing to discuss the matter with PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan,” Azhar was quoted as saying by Geo News earlier.

In November, Hafeez turned down an offer from Chittagong Vikings to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League as the franchise had already signed Amir.

First Published: Dec 25, 2015 22:27 IST