Mohammad Hafeez finally joins BPL


LAHORE: Pakistan opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who initially refused to feature in the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), has now joined the Dhaka Dynamites.
Hafeez had claimed that he turned down an offer to play for the Chittagong franchise since the squad also included tainted left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir. However, the franchise had denied making any offer to the batsman.
The 35-year-old who endured a barren run — 33 runs in three innings — in the three match T20 series against England that ended with a super over win for the visitors in Sharjah last Monday is set to depart tonight to join his Dhaka-based team.
Hafeez, has vowed to make an impression with the bat in the series, he hopes to prove his detractors wrong, who have been vocal against him after his poor returns with the bat in the instant format.
“I am leaving for Dhaka tonight, I hope to do well in the league and make an impact in the tournament for my team,” he said.
His first match will be against Mohammad Amir’s team Chittagong.
Following Hafeez’s comments against Amir, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked the top-order batsman to keep mum on the issue with the disgraced bowler as he is likely to return to Pakistan’s international side soon.
On November 27, the PCB had issued a show cause notice to senior batsman for his comments against left-arm pacer Muhammad Amir.
“I have no personal issues with Amir or Chittagong, it’s my personal opinion that I can’t share the dressing room with someone who hurt my country’s integrity,” he had said.
Muhammad Amir, who is making a comeback to an international event after a gap of more than 5 years, has already picked up six wickets in four matches, at an impressive average of 15.33.