After their frustrating outing at the Asia Cup 2023 that was followed by their star players' injuries including Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, Pakistan Cricket health with another blow a day ahead of their squad announcement for the ODI World Cup 2023. Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has stepped down from the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Technical Committee ahead of the marquee event.
After being named to PCB's Technical Committee along with Misbah-ul-Haq and Inzamam-ul-Haq in early August, Hafeez took to X (Twitter) on Thursday, September 21 and announced his resignation from the PCB Technical Committee.
He wrote, "I decided to leave Pakistan cricket technical committee. I served as honorary member. I would like to thank Zaka Ashraf sb for giving me this opportunity. I m always available whenever Zaka Ashraf sb need my honest suggestions for Pakistan cricket. My best wishes for Pakistan cricket as always. Pakistan Zindabad."
In August, Misbah was named the head of the PCB Technical Committee while Inzamam was appointed as the Pakistan Cricket Team's chief selector. Hafeez's decision to leave PCB came a day after the PCB's review meeting chaired by Zaka Ashraf over their side's Asia Cup 2023 performance. Pakistan were knocked out of the continental showpiece after their disappointing losses against India and Sri Lanka in the Super 4s stage.
The reports also suggested that Hafeez was involved in a conflict of interest with Misbah-ul-Haq and Inzamam-ul-Haq over Hasan Ali's inclusion in the World Cup squad. Hafeez wanted a youngster to get the opportunity while Pakistan backed veteran Ali to add experience to the team.