After the far spread speculation over Mohammad Hafeez comments over Sharjeel Khan and PCB hitting back, Former Indian Batsmen Aakash Chopra jumped to the defence of Hafeez.
Aakash Chopra says that he shares similarities of thoughts with Hafeez. He quoted about how he thinks that the cricketers who were imposed with serving with fixing bans should not be given second chance especially when its related to International cricket.
Aakash Chopra’s came into limelight when his comments got highlighted just after Mohammad Hafeez quizzed over social media saying, “Shouldn’t we set standards of Dignity & Pride Higher than any other “Extra Talent” to represent Pakistan.”
Conspicuously talking about the ban, Sharjeel was given a 5-year ban by the PCB as he was responsibly involved in a corruption scandal in the Pakistan Super League(PSL) in 2017 but due to some reasons the suspension was lifted in 2019.
After Hafeez’s tweet went viral, Aakash Chopra in his Youtube Channel promoted his thoughts making the statement, “ Let Hafeez speak, he’s making a good point, these days, people don’t speak out on this topic, which is an issue. This is talking sense and asked a very simple question that what’s more important, dignity, then it’s a serious issue.” I am very strong when it comes to where we should be. Show the door for the match fixers and spot fixers. Given them a second chance somewhere else not in the sport. Its important to maintain the sanctity of the sport and for that, you need to set the right example. Hafeez professor I am with you brother. Please speak your heart. PCB please revisit the policy.”
PCB CEO Wasim Khan had thumped Hafeez to focus on his games and the leave the decision making part to the set committee, and to not question the board’s decisions and policies.
Wasim further added that, “Current players should not be going up on social media to criticise other players or talk about what policies the cricket board should or shouldn’t have. They can have their opinions about various things about world cricket and cricket in general but not about the rights and wrongs of players and the boards and they should leave that to the cricket board to answer. I will be personally speaking to Mohammad Hafeez about that and I don’t think its his place to be doing it. No other player in the world does that so why should out Pakistani players do that?
Sharjeel made a comeback to play PSL 2020 for Karachi Kings. The left handed opener made a score of 199 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of over 140.