Mohammad Hafeez questions the nomination course of for the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board

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Mohammad Hafeez, the former Pakistan captain, has raised questions about the Pakistan Cricket Board Chief's appointment process alongside the decision to reduce teams in domestic cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez also criticized the abolition of department and bench teams in domestic cricket, saying it left many domestic cricketers unemployed and without a future. The PCB abolished the role of department and bank teams two years ago on orders from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who himself played much domestic cricket for the national airlines and other departments in his day.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File)

Mohammad Hafeez: The process of selecting the PCB chairman is not correct

Mohammad Hafeez, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket, also questioned the PCB chairman's selection process. He said it was time proper elections were held to choose the leader of the board, rather than him being essentially a chosen nominee of the supreme patron, the prime minister. He suggested that the chairman of the cricket board should be elected by ballot

“The current procedure is incorrect as the Chair of the PCB is currently elected through a selection system and the procedure for selecting the PCB Chair is incorrect. The PCB chairman comes for political reasons and the chairman who comes for political reasons doesn't understand cricket at all,” he said.

Ramiz Raja Image Courtesy of: ARY SportsRamiz Raja Image Courtesy of: ARY Sports

He suggested that the chairman of the cricket board should be elected by ballot. Former Pakistani skipper Ramiz Raja is the current PCB boss. Former Pakistani captain Ramiz Raja currently serves as Chairman of PCB after being appointed on September 13, 2021.

Raja was nominated by Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan as PCB Patron to lead the work of the Pakistan Board of Directors. Raja was unanimously elected chairman at a meeting in Lahore. PCB abolished the role of department and bank teams two years ago on orders from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who himself played much domestic cricket for the national airlines and other departments in his day.

Mohammad Hafeez recently announced his retirement from international cricket

The 41-year-old announced his retirement after appearing for his country in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20 internationals. His last appearance for Pakistan was at the 2021 T20I World Cup in October, after which he skipped the tour to Bangladesh and a T20 home series against West Indies. The 41-year-old played 55 Tests, 218 ODIs and 119 T20Is while amassing 12,780 runs and 253 wickets in all formats over his 18-year career.

Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfoMohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Mohammad Hafeez called for serious elections in the PCB to elect the CEO. Mohammad Hafeez has had disagreements with Ramiz Raja in the past after he commented on the player's international absence.

The incident came as Mohammad Hafeez was selected in Pakistan's squad for the 2020-21 tour of New Zealand. Ramiz Raja expressed his disagreement and wanted PCB to give youth more opportunities. In fact, Ramiz Raja had also asked Mohammad Hafeez to make his international retirement graceful to make room for new players.

In his reply to Ramiz Raja, Mohammad Hafeez said his 12-year-old son has a greater cricket sense than the former Pakistani skipper. Ramiz Raja also slammed Mohammad Hafeez for preferring to play in the T10 league instead of playing for the national team in February last year. The 41-year-old Pakistani all-rounder announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month.

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