Pakistan’s new team director, Mohammad Hafeez, has shed light on his talks with ex-cricketers Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir.
Amir’s sudden retirement at 28 stunned cricket fans worldwide. Hafeez mentioned reaching out to Amir personally, advising him to consider domestic cricket if he wished to represent Pakistan again.
“I personally called Mohammad Amir and suggested that if he wanted to play for Pakistan, he should revoke his retirement and focus on domestic cricket. Good performance can pave the way back to the national team, where he’d get equal opportunities” Hafeez shared. Amir, however, expressed moving on with changed priorities.
In another twist, Wasim also retired recently after an impressive eight-year international career. Hafeez revealed reaching out to Wasim, asking him to consider a central contract. Wasim was initially considered but, within days, declined availability for the New Zealand series and announced his retirement.
“I spoke with Imad Wasim directly, expressing interest in him for the Pakistan team. He took time to consider but, a few days later, messaged his unavailability for the New Zealand series. Shortly after, he officially retired” Hafeez explained, acknowledging Wasim’s contributions to Pakistan cricket.
Wasim’s retirement surprised many due to his exceptional form in recent tournaments like the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 8. His remarkable performance made him one of the standout players.
Earlier, former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif had urged Wasim to reconsider retirement, highlighting him as the country’s top spinner and an effective player. Rashid’s plea, posted on X, encouraged Hafeez to bring the all-rounder back into the fold.