Azam Khan is not serious with international cricket: Mohammad Hafeez

Hafeez believes Azam Khan will take 20 minutes to cover 2 kilometres

June 13, 2024
Azam Khan (L) and Muhammad Hafeez. -ESPNcricinfo/AFP

NEW YORK: Following Azam Khan’s recent performance in the T20 World Cup, former Pakistan team captain Mohammad Hafeez Thursday put forth his opinion over the batter's capability to play the international cricket.

The ex-right-hand batter discussed Azam's fitness and urged the trainers to work on this. However, there isn’t any difference witnessed by the former director.

“The whole Pakistan team can cover two kilometres in 10 minutes while Azam Khan will take 20 minutes to cover the distance,” Hafeez said.

“Sadly, Azam Khan is not serious in playing the international cricket,” the 43-years-old said.

Former cricketer Moin Khan’s son did not perform well in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The player scored zero runs in the inaugural match against the USA, as a result he was replaced by Imad Wasim against India on June 9 and against Canada on June 11.

In an earlier conversation, Hafeez had said: "Being lean or oversize is never an issue for me, but you need to work according to the needs of the game. You need to bring your fitness to a required level. We gave him a fitness plan, but he [Azam] could not improve.

"You are in the team because of your talent, but you need to respond in case of fitness. You are the only one in the team on whom we have compromised on the grounds of fitness,” he said.