Pakistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez hit back at Ramiz Raja by saying that his 12-year-old son had more game awareness than him. Ramiz Raja is a former Pakistan skipper who has now turned into a cricket expert and posts videos on his YouTube channel consisting of his analysis of the game of cricket. In one such video, the 58-year-old had criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for backing aged experienced players like Hafeez and Shoaib Malik and not giving enough opportunities to the youngsters.
Raja also asked Hafeez to retire gracefully and give the youth a better chance to shine on the platform given by the Pakistan team. However, Hafeez was not happy with his comments and went on to say that Raja passes such controversial statements only to boost his YouTube channel
“I acknowledge Ramiz [Raja] services for Pakistan cricket as a player. I respect his opinion but I have reservations over his cricketing sense and game awareness. If you talk to my 12-year-old son, even his game awareness is better than Ramiz bhai,”
Mohammad Hafeez told Cricket Pakistan.
“If Ramiz bhai wants to continue saying such things to boost his YouTube channel, then I can’t stop him but I will continue to play for Pakistan as long as I’m fit and performing,” the 40-year-old further added.
Mohammad Hafeez has performed consistently for Pakistan of late, especially in T20Is against England back in September where he was adjudged the player of the series. He also was instrumental in the Lahore Qalandars reaching the final of the PSL 2020 season. On the back of such consistent performances, Hafeez has made it to Pakistan’s T20I squad for the New Zealand tour. With next year’s T20 World Cup in India in sight, Hafeez believes that as long as he is fit and scoring runs, he deserves to play for Pakistan.
“If I’m unable to meet the fitness and performance standards, or believe there is a better product ready for Pakistan, I’d happily leave. I’m very satisfied with my cricketing career,” Mohammad Hafeez said.