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PCB Thanks Hafeez for his Services as he Steps Down as Director Cricket

Mohammad Hafeez, the former Pakistan captain and director cricket, has resigned from his position after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided not to extend his contract.

Hafeez, who was appointed as director cricket in November 2023 by the then PCB management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf, had a short and controversial tenure. He oversaw the Pakistan men’s team’s tours of New Zealand and Australia, where they suffered heavy defeats in both Tests and T20Is

The PCB, under the new chairman Mohsin Naqvi, has expressed its intention to hire foreign coaches for the national team, which is likely to have influenced Hafeez’s decision to quit. Naqvi, in his first media talk, said that he wanted to bring in fresh ideas and expertise from abroad to improve Pakistan’s cricketing standards.

The PCB confirmed Hafeez’s departure in a post on X, where it thanked him for his “invaluable contributions” and wished him good luck and success in his future endeavours.

“Hafeez’s passion for the game has inspired players and his mentorship during the tour of Australia and New Zealand have been of immense importance. The PCB wishes Hafeez good luck and success in his future endeavours,” the PCB said.

However, Hafeez’s tenure as director cricket was not without its challenges and controversies. According to reports, he had a strained relationship with some of the senior players, who were unhappy with his long and frequent meetings, his strict approach to team management, and his reluctance to issue NOCs for franchise cricket.

Hafeez, who had represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20Is, had asked the contract-bound players to prioritize Pakistan over the leagues. He had initially denied NOCs to star players like Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, Azam Khan, and others for their participation in ILT20, but later granted them after intervention from the PCB. However, he had hesitated to issue NOCs for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), which had put the players’ contracts at risk.

Hafeez’s exit as director cricket has left a vacuum in the PCB’s cricketing affairs, which the board will have to fill soon with suitable candidates. The PCB is also expected to announce the new coaching staff for the national team in the coming days.

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