Hafeez and Azhar expected to return


Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan is hopeful Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez will link up with their team-mates at a conditioning camp, after discussions over the controversial inclusion of Mohammad Amir.

Shamed paceman Amir is eligible for international selection once more, having served a five-year ban for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal.

The left-armer was included in a 26-man training group as part of Pakistan's preparations for an upcoming tour of New Zealand.

However, both Azhar and Hafeez subsequently opted to stay away from the camp, with the former - Pakistan's ODI captain - saying: "I will not attend the camp as long as Amir is there."

PCB chairman Shaharyar has since met with Azhar and Hafeez in a bid to resolve the issue and expects the two senior players to return on Saturday, but warned disciplinary action would follow if they stay away.

"It was a good meeting and the issue has been resolved," Shaharyar is quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

"I met with our advisors and then invited them [Hafeez and Azhar] into the room and gave them a detailed briefing about our policy. We also heard their reservations, which they insisted, were not personal but based on principle.

"After hearing their concerns we informed them that they have to abide by the policy or we won't have any option but to take disciplinary action.

"They have agreed to the policy and we have requested them to come to the ground and be the part of the fitness camp. They have sought some time and will get back to us by 10am tomorrow with an answer.

"I am fully convinced they will join the camp as this matter has been resolved."