Mohammad Hafeez steps down as T20 captain

Published: April 3, 2014
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LAHORE: Mohammad Hafeez has resigned as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain after the team was sent packing from the tournament after a humiliating 82-run defeat against the West Indies on Tuesday.

After meeting the PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, Hafeez announced his decision at the Qaddafi stadium in Lahore.

“I accept the responsibility for the performance and have decided to step down. I want to thank the players, my family and the cricket board for their support throughout my tenure,” he said.

Hafeez is the only captain to have led Pakistan in two editions of the ICC WorldT20 tournament, after going down to the West Indies the 2009 champions failed to make it to the last four of the tournament for the first time in their history.

The all-rounder added that he was willing to play as a player under any captain. “I would offer my support to any captain. Previously too I have played under many captains and would offer my complete support to my replacement.”

Later in the day, Najam Sethi spoke to the media and said that Hafeez’s resignation shows that he is taking responsibility for the team and that it is a sign of bravery.

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Basit Ali, former Pakistan captain and coach of Hafeez’s domestic team SNGPL, feels the resignation should not have been accepted by Sethi.

“It’s a bad decision which the chairman should not have accepted. I have a feeling that Hafeez was asked to step down and has been made a scapegoat for the disaster in Mirpur,” Ali told The Express Tribune.

He added that the PCB needs to invest in the future and should consider naming Ahmed Shehzad the new captain in the T20 format.

According to Ali, Younis Khan is the best choice to lead the team in the other two formats. “Shehzad should captain the T20 team; Younis has the potential and the experience to captain the team in the other two formats”.

While Ali thinks that he was hard done by, many former cricketers called for Hafeez’s ouster following the heavy defeat.

Hafeez also drew flak for choosing Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik in the squad that represented the team in Bangladesh as the two looked well past their prime during the matches.

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  • Bunty
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:03PM

    Please pick some mature person… Who gonna play for longer period of time… someone junior and agressive… Dont put any captain who is about to retire in next few years…Recommend

  • imran
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Its not enough, we want why you persisted with s malik and k akmal, why why why….? Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:06PM

    Finally a good decision. Neither is he mentally tough nor do i remember him of ever taking the country to win matches with either his batting or bowling. The Pakistani team is not mentally toughRecommend

  • Adeel
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:12PM

    this is a very good precedent by hafeez.Recommend

  • AamPaki
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:13PM

    Excellent decision! Well done Hafeez. It is time for a new replacement and hoping here for a better one too.Recommend

  • Abk
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:14PM

    Good gesture by out T20 Cup !! AppreciatedRecommend

  • IKnowIt
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:15PM

    What a shame… emotional decisions help no one. NS should try to bring maturity and stability into the system. But end of day, we are Pakistanis; reactionaries and love blaming others; especially the fallen ones… Pak team needs to work on its temperament on which least attention is given.Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:16PM

    So again, our system is running on hit n trial. If Afridi had missed THAT six, our moods would have been changed altogether. Our quality bowlers went for 82 runs in 5 overs. Batsmen could not hit sixes more than 30 meters, and you have made captain their scapegoat. Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2014 - 5:18PM

    Now please back your words, unlike Shahid Afridi, Yousuf Yuhana and Younus Khan.Recommend

  • nizamuddin khan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:19PM

    OK…Mr. Sethi…who is next? When will PCB hold itself accountable…get off of your talk shows and start working with and for our players.Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:24PM

    That’s kind of sad. Changing Captains won’t do any good to our Cricket. Nobody from Australia, England and New Zealand demanded their Captains to resign …Recommend

  • sid
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:24PM

    right decision.and what about shoaib malik ??? …!!!! Recommend

  • M Ather
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:28PM

    RespectRecommend

  • Qamber
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:29PM

    Game Over Professor …. Misbah should be Next… Recommend

  • Aslam Butt
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:30PM

    Gentleman Hafeez. He is among those who bring respect, sanity and stability in Pakistan’s cricket after the embarassments and humiliation of 2010s. Crimes, jails, infighting, ball chewing….the list of embarassment is realy long……Hope we don’t go back to that….Recommend

  • ALI
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:32PM

    Thank you very muchRecommend

  • Apr 3, 2014 - 5:35PM

    Not only the performance, but the arrogance he displayed was mind boggling. When being asked about availing of services of Saqlain Mushtaq by West Indies, he stated that he (Saqlain) did not have a magic formula and he would not be bowling himself. Ironically Pakistani batsmen were bamboozled by West Indian Spinners.

    Another one is Shahid Afridi. When Shoaib Maqsood was batting as if swatting flies, Afridi was seen gesturing to Moin Khan that the batsmen could have hit the ball for a four or a six. Sure enough, when his time came, he could not do anything.

    Pathetic.Recommend

  • WeWillWIn
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:35PM

    This is a good sign. He should be held responsible on why he chose senior players (K Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanveer) on more deserving and inform players like Junaid, Sharjeel etc Recommend

  • Breaking Bad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:37PM

    Should not have given up under pressure. He has potential to improve his captaincy.Recommend

  • Jamshad
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:40PM

    y would we worry for cricket all the time?? y not we give such importance to football and Hockey. I am ashamed we like this lazy sport of world. Recommend

  • Ash
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:43PM

    Really good step and it is commendable! appreciate that and I think Misbah should come back and take T20 captaincy as well.Recommend

  • Sami
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:45PM

    Sethi Sahb when Pakistan team was facing such a humiliating defeat what was your sparrow doing at that time?Recommend

  • Sameer Sheikh
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Time to groom a young captain now so please no Afridis or Maliks anymore! Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Pakistani nation really need to revise their emotional investment in cricket. It is not life /death issue.Recommend

  • Fahad Yousuf
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:48PM

    Although a wise decision by M. Hafeez, but we should change our attitude now with our team and must accept defeats open-heartedly. The Australia, New Zealand and England cricket fans and critics are doing the same with their respective teams?

    Sri Lanka lost 4 world cup finals during the last 7 years, have their fans also done the same to their team which we have done to our team when they lost in 1999 world cup?

    The critics today who are shouting these days on media, haven’t they failed during their playing times. Like,

    Muhammad Yousuf, who is regularly shouting these days, was playing during 2003 and 2007 world cups when Pakistan failed disastrously
    Shoaib Akhtar, who is following the same pattern, has done the same in 1999, 2003 and 2007 world cups and always become “unfit” during key matches and when bowlers hit against him.
    Javed Miandad was the part of team during 1996 world cup.Recommend

  • Mehdi
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:48PM

    It’s OK Hafeez. You did your best – we need someone like Shahid Afridi now to spearhead the team. Recommend

  • womz
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:54PM

    S. Tanvir for captain!Recommend

  • Ali
    Apr 3, 2014 - 5:56PM

    Good Decision.
    What about the greatest legends, Sir Kamran Akmal, Sir Shoaib Malik and Sir Sohail Tanvir?Recommend

  • JRR
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:03PM

    @ womz… Tanvir should be kicked out alongwith Gul..
    We need new fast bowlers (probably Amir back) and someone young to lead the T20 squad. Sohaib Maqsood or Ahmed Shehzah can be a good option but they some time (probably a year or so) to lead the team.Recommend

  • Urban Legend
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:14PM

    Too little, too late! When are we seeing the other useless players getting out…. Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal have been rewarded just too much in terms of the match fees but their contribution in Pak losing matches stay unaccountable. Kick them out and bring the youngsters in plssss! And yes, Najam Sethi (a political appointee) should be kicked harder than the playersRecommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:25PM

    Great… but this is not enough as previously said. T20 is in the blood and bone of this nation, our natural style of cricket format. And the playing eleven is just a useless bunch of morons who has successfully made their way and encroached the playing eleven through backdoor cheating, with few exceptions. Dissolve the whole cricket related bodies, make a new cricket board and playing eleven after deep filtration so that the world knows what is our real talent of cricket and who are our real heroes of cricket.Recommend

  • Ih
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Honorable act by Hafeez, in a nation where it is such an action is so rare. You can hold your head high professor. But in sports some body goes to loss column .Thanks for your valiant effort.I donot think results would be any better under other stewardship. Team has to undergo rebuilding years. Thanks again for your contribution .Recommend

  • Haseeb
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:44PM

    Any chance we can have some similar “bravery” from Mr. Sethi as well?Recommend

  • Sam
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:49PM

    @Asim Ali: mentally tough? What was he suppose to do when the BEST BOWLER ajmal gets hit for 14/15 per over? It was the whole teams fault not only hafiz. Unfortunately he’s been made an escape goat put all blame on 1 person so no 1 questions the management #SAD najam sheti destroying pak cricket.Recommend

  • maria
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:51PM

    Hafeez do not take good step because he is a good captain.I think is sab ke zimmidar PCB cricket board hai na kh Hafeez. And next captain bhi Hafeez hi hone chahean na kh Afridi because Afridi best hain as a player.Our responsibility is to promote our cricket team and encourage Hafeez because he is not responsible for this.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:52PM

    If Sethi had half the integrity or shame, cricket would have been better.Recommend

  • maria
    Apr 3, 2014 - 6:56PM

    Hafeez is a good captain.Please do not change the captain.Recommend

  • Indi
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:06PM

    Take a chance with this young boy Ahmad shehzad. He is quite goodRecommend

  • Khan_J
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:36PM

    Just saw Afridi dancing on the street …haha. All the seniors need to go including Afridi.Recommend

  • Salman Khan
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:39PM

    Najam Sethi should have resigned as well! He DOES NOT have the credentials to be the PCB Chief! Recommend

  • Zulkernian Akhter
    Apr 3, 2014 - 7:46PM

    strong attitude!good to see people having courge to accept their flaws.when sethi is going to resign??Recommend

  • Paki
    Apr 3, 2014 - 8:14PM

    What a shameful decision by Hafeez, he should have retired from International Cricket instead of this!Recommend

  • Akbar
    Apr 3, 2014 - 9:36PM

    The decision to keep those players was not just his. Plus it was umar gul and saeed ajmal who actually got trashed not sohail tanveer so who should be kept accountable for keeping gul after a poor asia cup and now wt20?@WeWillWIn: Recommend

  • Midas
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:33PM

    and when are you going to be brave enough to share the responsibility in this fiasco?Recommend

  • Kamran
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:39PM

    I dont tink he will ever retire, you will still see him playing in one days, tests, T 20s , its a revolving door, you can see all cuurent players in Pakistani team have been revolving, just because they have connections , what a shame.Recommend

  • Shah
    Apr 3, 2014 - 10:49PM

    Finally a good decision, the management and selectors should take the responsibility as well of playing useless shoaib malik and kamran akmal, Secondly there wasn’t any single left hander in the team who could’ve been the difference while playing herath or narine,badree etc. They even didn’t condider the only leftie in team(sharjeel) due to the always flopped kamran and shoaib.
    Secondly they should think seriously about T20’s. Its quite different than ODI’s, you can’t simply defend like ODI’s in T20s…Moin should be sacked as wellRecommend

  • iMTIAZ
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:20PM

    It’s good news for Pakistan cricket. Pls. Mr. Hafeez you rest at home as you are not require for any format of game.Recommend

  • Malik
    Apr 3, 2014 - 11:27PM

    Does Najam Seth know his moral duty: HE SHOULD RESIGN !Recommend

  • What!
    Apr 4, 2014 - 12:44AM

    Professor that is why call him because he keeps up team in tension scaring. Take best advice Hafeez resign from cricket and then dont come back!Recommend

  • LOK
    Apr 4, 2014 - 1:24AM

    I doubt he deserves a place in the team, discard along with Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal – once for all please. Shehzad should open with Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal is clearly our best batter and should be given an opportunity to bat 20 overs.

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  • chamanbhai
    Apr 4, 2014 - 2:33AM

    @Kaleem:
    i like ur comment the most. No one can say it better.Recommend

  • sani mangat
    Apr 4, 2014 - 8:39AM

    i think ahmed shehzad is the future for pakistan.so the captaincy should be given to him or afridi!

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  • Apr 5, 2014 - 10:19AM

    muhammad hafeez is the best captain for t20.He take wrong decision to step down asT20 captain.shoaib malik and kamran akmal should be totally discarded from the team in T20 and alos in ODI.Best luck for hafeez in feature.

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  • ahmed
    Apr 5, 2014 - 11:42AM

    @!what Hafeez is one of the few cricketers who is thoughtful and a thinker compared to ball chewers and emotional few who play with a brain of five year old. We will see the future results. I am grateful to Hafeez that he resigned because he is from a decent family unlike the rest.Recommend

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