Azhar, Hafeez refuse national call-ups

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Senior players Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez have both decided to not to join a training camp with the Pakistan national team Lahore because of the inclusion of Mohammad Amir.

Amir has recently returned to cricket after a five-year ban after he was caught spot-fixing in a Test match against England at Lord's in 2010.

The now 23 year-old Amir, along with Azhar and Hafeez, were chosen in a 26-man conditioning camp to prepare for a tour to New Zealand next year.

Pakistan's team manager, Agha Akbar, told Cricinfo: "Both are not joining the training camp today apparently because of Mohammad Amir."

Azhar, who is Pakistan's ODI captain, confirmed he would stay away due to Amir's inclusion but was open to discuss the matter with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The 30 year-old Azhar said: "I will not attend the camp as long as Amir is there. This is my decision and we are open to discuss with the PCB. I don't want to comment on Hafeez's decision, but we both have the same stance."

Hafeez, an experienced allrounder, refused to play in the same side as Amir in the Bangladesh Premier League earlier this year.

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