Michael Vaughan strongly reacts after Mohammad Hafeez explains he was sacked by PCB due to political reasons

Published - 23 Jun 2024, 04:51 PM | Updated - 23 Jun 2024, 04:52 PM

Mohammad Hafeez, Michael Vaughan
Mohammad Hafeez, Michael Vaughan (Credits: X)

Former Pakistan allrounder Mohammad Hafeez recently opened up on his unceremonious sacking as Pakistan's team director earlier this year.

The former cricketer was roped in by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the team's disastrous display at the ODI World Cup where they could not go past the league stage. Mohammad Hafeez was appointed the team director as well as the de facto head coach in November before the tours of Pakistan and New Zealand

During Mohammad Hafeez's stint, Pakistan could not really get the desired result in Australia and New Zealand. They were whitewashed in the three-match Test series in Australia although they did receive praise from several quarters for their fighting effort. Their fortunes did not change much in New Zealand either as they suffered a 4-1 loss in the T20Is.

Soon after the tour of New Zealand, the PCB parted ways with Mohammad Hafeez after the new management took charge of the board. And recently, the former Pakistan cricketer explained the reason behind leaving the team. Hafeez revealed that he had to leave the post after the change in the PCB management.

"I also couldn't understand because if you look at the performances of the team on the last tour, we were far better this time. On this tour, the boys were ready, they were looking for the challenge. But unfortunately we couldn't win. We should have won two Tests," Mohammad Hafeez said on Club Prairie Fire podcast.

"My contract was to deal with the Pakistan team for four years. But because the management got changed because of the political changes in Pakistan, (I was removed). This is very unfortunate, happening in Pakistan for the last many, many years. Whenever political setup changes, they bring their own chairmanship. 

"No one noticed how good Pakistan team was on that tour. They just wanted to sack me for no reason," he added.

Michael Vaughan on Mohammad Hafeez's sacking:

With Mohammad Hafeez revealing that he became a victim of the political change in Pakistan, Michael Vaughan has shared his views on the sacking. The former England captain has reiterated that sacking Hafeez was a mistake by PCB. Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Michael Vaughan wrote:

"The PCB were wrong to get rid of him imo .."

Vaughan had praised Hafeez earlier as well when Pakistan were in Australia. After Pakistan's close loss in the Melbourne Test, Vaughan had tweeted: "Pakistan were very good this week .. too many extras in the first innings & 2 catches that should have been taken away from a famous win at the G .. been very impressed with @MHafeez22 as coach .. 👍"

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