Pakistan news December 29, 2015

PCB rejects Azhar Ali resignation over Amir

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PCB rejects Azhar Ali's resignation

Azhar Ali has agreed to continue as Pakistan's ODI captain after a request by him to resign, over the presence of Mohammad Amir at the training camp in Lahore for the national team, was rejected by the PCB.

"Azhar Ali met the chairman PCB [Shaharyar Khan]. He tendered his resignation. The chairman didn't accept his resignation, Azhar Ali agreed and he will continue as captain," the PCB said in a statement.

Azhar, along with Mohammad Hafeez, had refused to join the camp earlier, but had finally relented following a meeting with Shaharyar Khan. ESPNcricinfo understands that Azhar had agreed to join the camp, but had said he would need time to decide on his role as captain.

Amir is in the selection mix for the first time after his five-year ban for spot-fixing in the 2010 Lord's Test. He was one of the 26 probables named for Pakistan's pre-season conditioning camp. Azhar and Hafeez were originally scheduled to join the camp after completing domestic matches, but they did not do so. Azhar went on to state that he would not attend the camp "as long as Amir is there". After their meeting with Khan, though, the PCB chairman had said: "I do respect their concerns but some of them, I told them, are not acceptable. So they understood and confirmed that they are on the same page with us."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • dmqi on January 3, 2016, 23:59 GMT

    PCB did not show backbone. Accept the resignation and get an alternative. Half dozen players waiting to play. One of those will eventually be better than Azhar ali.

  • sixmartlets on January 3, 2016, 20:42 GMT

    Could someone amongst the minority of respondents explain to me why a five year ban really means a life ban? Don't they understand English?

  • Cricinfouser on January 1, 2016, 7:23 GMT

    Newton's third law: For every action there is an opposite reaction I think same applies here

  • OzWally on December 31, 2015, 17:35 GMT

    I don't get the people supporting Amir. He purposely disrespected his team and country for his own personal gain. Bravo to Hafeez and Ali for standing up to the PCB. Yet, these same people posting will vilify Australia for it's sledging because it's not in the "spirit of the game".

  • jimmyvida on December 31, 2015, 15:43 GMT

    Wonder how the great and powerful Hafeez would act if he were to be opening an innings and saw Amir. Would he refuse to play because Amir is a spectator in that game? Would Amir's presence tarnish his character/perfection? What if Hafeez/Azhar had a brother/sister who stole his marble. Would he have refused to stay in the same house as that brother/sister? I believe it is more difficult to associate with a goodie, goodie that with admitted sinners.

  • H-Shakil on December 31, 2015, 14:45 GMT

    Amir we love you. We want to see you back. Wish you all the best mate

  • H-Shakil on December 31, 2015, 14:42 GMT

    Azhar Ali / M Hafeez sham on you guys. The poor guy Amir has served his due punishement. He is a World class, and you gusy know it. Tell me are you both guys world class? I DONOT THINK SO...

  • ami_perth on December 31, 2015, 14:33 GMT

    if PCB selectors should only select only two players one fast bowler Aamir and other is most consistent and reliable batsman Fawad Alam in all three format i.e test, odis and t20s i assure all of you Pakistan team will be the top team in the world, so please selectors kick hafeez and azhar forever.

  • Crick_Expert on December 31, 2015, 3:34 GMT

    PCB should fire HAFEEZ/AZHAR immediately. Capt Imran Khan said Hafeez/Azhar not deserve in PAK team. PCB can select S. Malik/S. Maqsood as new Capt or AFRIDI is best choice for Capt. 1)AHMED 2)SARJEEL 3)SOHAIB MALIK 4)FAWAD Alam 5)Soahib Maqsood 6)Haris Sohail/Mukhtaar Ahmed 7)Sarfraz 8)Wahab 9)Aamir 10)Irfan 11)Bilal Asif(spin)

  • Cricket4Me1980 on December 30, 2015, 19:17 GMT

    Claiming to be so honest of these guys, they should move out of Pakistan. I wonder if they ever cheated in their lives including simple things that is driving a car without license, not fully making their tax dues, making recommendation of someone without merit, etc. If none, which I doubt it, then I stand behind them. But also when do we give someone a next chance specially to someone who admits hir or her mistake!

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