Hafeez turned down BPL deal due to Amir


Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez turned down the chance to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League to avoid playing with tainted paceman Mohammad Amir.

Reports in the media suggest that a lucrative offer was put forward by an agent to Hafeez to represent BPL franchise Chittagong Vikings.

The Vikings also signed Amir who, alongside Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, was banned and sentenced to prison after being found guilty of taking bribes from bookmaker Mazhar Majeed to bowl no-balls at certain points of a Test against England at Lord's in 2010.

However, Amir - one of Pakistan's hottest prospects at the time of his ban - has served the full five years of his sanction, freeing him to play for the Vikings.

Hafeez, though, says he will not play alongside any player who has damaged Pakistan's image.

"I am not against any individuals," Hafeez told ESPNcricinfo. "It is about the image of Pakistan cricket. I cannot play with any player who has tarnished and brought a bad name to the country.

"But, yes, if any other team offered me the contract with good money I could definitely play the BPL. 

"This is my personal opinion and this is not just about Pakistani players, it's about all players.

"We play for the public and entertain them with a sporting spirit, and once someone abuses the role he has to play in the game I cannot play and share a dressing room with such players who have abused the spirit of the game.

"I didn't get a direct offer from the BPL team but some agent came up with the offer and I turned it down only because I didn't want to share a dressing room with that player. Otherwise I am open to playing for any other team."