Lahore - Pakistan cricket on 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
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
"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 told AFP.
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
"Hafeez and I can't accept Amir's presence in the camp," Ali told reporters in Lahore.
"We are firm on our stance but are ready to talk to officials," he said.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the absence of both players from the training camp.
"Both Ali and Hafeez stayed away from the training camp today
apparently because of Amir but we are trying to solve the matter," a PCB
Amir, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, was banned from the sport for a minimum of five years in 2011.
The trio were charged for spot fixing after taking money to arrange
deliberate no balls in the Lord's Test against England in 2010.
But in September this year the International Cricket Council lifted
sanctions against the three players. Amir's ban was relaxed in January
this year and he was allowed to play domestic matches.
He showed remarkable form on his return, taking 22 wickets in the
non-first-class event followed by 34 in four qualifying rounds of the
He then took 16 wickets in four first class matches of the Quaid
Trophy before taking 14 wickets in 11 Bangladesh Premier league games.