Pakistan Cricket Team Director Mohammad Hafeez said Tuesday that players should prioritize representing Pakistan and playing domestic cricket over competing in international competitions. In the past, all-rounder Imad Wasim skipped the Pakistan Cup and National T20 to play Abu Dhabi T10, which begins today. He retired later, while pacer Haris Rauf was not awarded NOC and requested to play domestic tournaments instead of the BBL.
Players are being asked by PCB to prioritize
Hafeez said the administration wanted players to understand red-ball cricket and that some decisions would rescue Pakistan sport. We must prioritize Pakistani representation. Domestic cricket in Pakistan must also be prioritized. Red-ball cricket is the most essential, but many Pakistani players are leaving or not wanting to play it, “Hafeez stated in a news conference before leaving for the Australia Test series.
We’ll take steps to regain focus. They may seem harsh, but this is crucial to rescue Pakistan cricket. Not playing red-ball cricket well means not playing cricket. Long-form cricket improves your basics. Therefore, we’ll promote and offer red-ball players more chances. We must return everybody who has left this route to better their game, “Hafeez said.
He added PCB will shortly release the NOC policy while considering players’ workloads. When offered a central contract, the FTP of all three formats is considered, and players should be accessible for Pakistan. Leagues exist, but the World Cup saw a lot of debate about players becoming weary from hard workloads.”
We’ll focus on the T20 World Cup, and the NOC policy will include Pakistan’s priorities. He said workload management is key to fit players. Hafeez lauded Babar Azam for his cricketing contributions.
Batter Babar Azam has made huge achievements for Pakistan. Not being captain will relieve him. Captaincy puts pressure on cricketers, and anyone who claims it is wrong, “I said.
“I think Babar’s performance will improve without that pressure. He has made great contributions to Pakistan cricket, and I think he will improve to assist them succeed “he concluded.