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Azhar Ali, Hafeez boycott training camp due to Mohammad Amir

Azhar Ali, Hafeez boycott training camp due to Mohammad Amir
Both Azhar Ali (left) and Mohammad Hafeez (right) are against the return of Mohammad Amir to international cricket.
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Pakistan One-Day International captain Azhar Ali and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez have refused to attend the ongoing national conditioning camp in Lahore due to the presence of Mohammad Amir.

Amir was included in the list of players for the ongoing pre-season conditioning camp in Lahore ahead of Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand.

After having served a five-year ban for his involvement in spot-fixing Amir made a successful return to domestic cricket and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also declared him eligible for international selection.

Pakistan’s team manager Agha Akbar confirmed the reason behind the absence of the two players and told ESPNCricinfo, “Both are not joining the training camp today apparently because of Mohammad Amir.”

Meanwhile Ali was quite forthright in his comments and stated that he was ready to discuss the issue with the PCB.

“I will not attend the camp as long as Amir is there.

“This is my decision and we are open to discuss with the PCB.

“I don't want to comment on Hafeez's decision, but we both have the same stance.”

Earlier this year Hafeez reportedly turned down an offer from the Chittagong Vikings in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League to avoid playing with Amir.

On Wednesday the PCB issued a press release acknowledging the opposition to Amir's return from a few players and urged them to forgive the 23-year-old.

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