Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has made it clear that he is not at alll happy about Sharjeel Khan being offered another chance to play for Pakistan after completing a two and a half year ban for spot-fixing. Sharjeel Khan recently returned to high-profile cricket by playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The left-handed batsman, who played for Karachi Kings in this year’s PSL, competed his ban last August. Sharjeel Khan was banned in 2017 from all forms of cricket for his role in the spot-fixing scandal that marred the PSL’s second edition.
On the opening night, Sharjeel and Khalid Latif, playing for Islamabad United, were charged with five major breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code, and found guilty on all five counts by a three-man tribunal. The two were later sent home from Dubai where the tournament was being played.
Talking about his comeback, he did play some impressive knocks for Karachi Kings. Consequently, there are talks over his potential return to the Pakistan team. However, veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez is not at all in its favour. Mohammad Hafeez made his feelings clear when one of his followers asked him about Sharjeel on Twitter.
He took a dig at Sharjeel on his Twitter account which has led to a debate on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s policy on allowing tainted players back in the national team.
“Shouldn’t we set standards of dignity and pride higher than any other ‘Extra Talent’ to represent Pakistan. Just Asking,” wrote Mohammad Hafeez.
Shouldn’t we set Standards of Dignity & Pride Higher than any other “Extra Talent” to represent Pakistan 🇵🇰 Just Asking https://t.co/9xxIvcAqM8
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 20, 2020
Previously, Mohammad Hafeez had also resisted the comeback of Mohammad Amir to the Pakistan camp some years back when the board recalled the tainted pacer after he completed his five-year ban for spot-fixing.
Apart from Hafeez, former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja has also voiced his concerns over the worrying trend of giving tainted a lifeline. Ramiz said the board needed to draw a line as far as corrupt players are concerned even if they have completed their bans.