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Former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has criticized the Lahore Qalandars’ Players Development Program (PDP), asserting that only Haris Rauf has emerged as an international-level player from the system. Speaking to a private news channel, Hafeez stated, “In the nine years of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), PDP has produced just one international-level player, which is Haris Rauf.”

Hafeez’s critique follows Lahore Qalandars’ loss in the first two matches of PSL 9. He accused the PDP of hyping up the Lahore franchise, suggesting that while the program serves the marketing interests of LQ, it hasn’t yielded sufficient talent for the national team.

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Adding to the criticism, former Lahore Qalandars player Azhar Ali remarked, “They even include Shaheen Shah Afridi and Fakhar Zaman in the PDP, but they were already part of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) system.”

Hafeez did acknowledge that the franchise supports financially struggling players, but emphasized that this doesn’t equate to producing enough international-level talent. Another panelist on the show, Misbah-ul-Haq, mentioned Mirza Tahir Baig as another product of PDP, but noted that he may not be fully prepared for international cricket.

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