Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali quit WhatsApp group created by coach Misbah-ul-Haq after being denied central contracts, reveals source

The WhatsApp group was created by head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq to advise players on fitness issues and training.

Press Trust of India, May 20, 2020 13:03:11 IST

Karachi: Dropped from the list of centrally contracted cricketers, Pakistan pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali have left a WhatsApp group formed by head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq to advise players on fitness issues and training.

Though the Pakistan Cricket Board has played down the decision by Amir and Hasan to leave the group after they were not given central contracts, but it has become a talking point in the country.

Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali quit WhatsApp group created by coach Misbah-ul-Haq after being denied central contracts, reveals source

File image of Mohammad Amir. Reuters

"It is not unusual for players to not be in the group if they are not given central contracts," one source in the board said.

But at the same time critics pointed out that there are several other players in the group who don't have central contracts.

"One thing is clear that Aamir and Hasan are not happy at being snubbed for the central contracts," one former Test player said.

He said Hasan leaving the group was all the more strange since he is presently unfit and struggling with a back injury.

"Why would he want to leave the group at this time when he needs advice on his fitness from the PCB trainers all the time," he said.

Hasan is said to be facing at least six to eight months out of the game as he waits for an expected surgery for his back problem.

However, left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who was also not given a central contract, has not left the group.

Misbah, along with PCB trainers, formed the group to keep in touch with all the players and given them online instructions on how to keep fit during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Amir, in particular, is said to be very unhappy with the way the board has treated him after he decided to retire from Test cricket last year.

"Amir is upset because he kept the former head coach, Mickey Arthur informed about all his decisions even the one to leave Test cricket," a source close to the bowler said.

The PCB recently announced central contracts for only 18 players but said it is going to give out enhanced contracts to the best domestic cricket performers as well.

Updated Date: May 20, 2020 13:03:11 IST



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