Report: Ali & Hafeez refuse to join camp in presence of Amir

December 24, 2015

ISLAMABAD (AP) Pakistan's ODI captain Azhar Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez have refused to join a training camp after Mohammad Amir, who served a ban for spot fixing, was included, local media reported on Thursday.

Geo News says both Ali and Hafeez acted after the Pakistan Cricket Board selected Amir for the camp for next month's limited overs series against New Zealand.

Ali told Geo TV that he will not join the training camp as long as Amir is there, but he is willing to talk to PCB management about the issue.

Hafeez also did not report to the camp and was the first to speak against Amir's recall when he refused to play alongside him for Chittagong Vikings in Bangladesh's Twenty20 league.

The PCB included Amir among the 26 selected for the camp after the left-arm fast bowler completed his rehabilitation program, having served a five-year ban for bowling deliberate no-balls during a test match against England in 2010.

Amir's rehabilitation program included lectures to junior players against corruption and sessions with a psychologist.

Amir forced the PCB to consider him for national selection with his impressive form in the Bangladesh domestic T20 league, claiming 14 wickets in nine matches.

''Amir has been called to the fitness camp which will enable him to bond with national players,'' the PCB had said in a statement on Wednesday.

Amir's recall was fast-tracked after the ICC allowed him to compete in domestic cricket six months before his ban from all forms of the game ended in September.

Pakistan's former test cricketers are divided on giving Amir another chance at international level. Ex-test captain Ramiz Raja and fast bowler Sikander Bakhar insist he should not be given another opportunity to play for Pakistan.

But former captain Mohammad Yousaf is in favor of Amir's recall as he feels he has served his punishment and deserves another opportunity.