Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez recently stirred controversy by levelling accusations of favoritism towards former head coach Mickey Arthur. Talking to a private news channel in Pakistan, Hafeez remarked that Arthur was probably given too much power during his tenure as the national coach.
Responding to these accusations, the 51-year-old South African claimed he merely preferred “match-winners” over those who were satisfied by staying in their comfort zone. Not specifically taking Hafeez’s name, Arthur added he took a liking towards players who were more professional in their approach.
“When I was the Pakistan coach I gave more importance to those players who were professional and winning us matches. I have always preferred match winners. I did not like players who would rather stay in their comfort zones. Such cricketers have always hurt Pakistan cricket,” Arthur said.