Why Mohamad Hafeez has been dropped from national squad, reveals Micky Arthur

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Why Mohamad Hafeez has been dropped from national squad, reveals Micky Arthur

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has revealed the reason for dropping Muhammad Hafeez from the national squad against West Indies T20 series.

He said the reason behind Mohammad Hafeez’s non-selection in the T20 squad for the West Indies series, saying that his being unable to bowl due to illegal bowling action went against his favour.

“If Hafeez is bowling, that’s great. But if not, then that’s a problem,” Arthur told reporters at the National Stadium, where the team took part in a training session ahead of the T20 series starting April 1.

Asked about Kamran Akmal’s continued absence from the national squad despite blistering performance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Arthur reiterated that he will not compromise on fielding standards.

“Kamran Akmal is a very good batsman, but unfortunately he can’t field. We [already] have Sarfraz Ahmed as our wicketkeeper. Fielding is non-negotiable. If you can’t field, you can’t play for Pakistan. Simple as that.”