Players politics hits Pak cricket again

Islamabad: Controversy and Pakistan cricket go hand in hand, and reports from the Pakistani dressing room have revealed that players politics is on a high in the team with skipper Salman Butt not seeing eye to eye with coach Waqar Younis and some of players.

According to team insiders, after the second day of the ongoing fourth Test at Lord’s, there was plenty of resentment within the team with Salman complained about the way the bowlers had let England off the hook.

Pakistan had reduced England to 50 for five, but an amazing turnaround saw the home side posting a mammoth total of 446 in the first innings, thanks to career best knocks from Jonathan Trott (184) and James Broad (169).

Sources said Salman was not happy over not being given complete authority to take decisions, and that the coaching staff and management were dictating terms to him.

“Coach Waqar Younis and his assistant coaches and the management are in a strong position and are backing a particular group in the team which is causing issues,” The Daily Times quoted team insiders, as saying.

Some of the players were also not happy over the way Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt had conveyed his message to the team after the second day’s play.

“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt, who is in London, was unhappy with the performance of the players, and conveyed to them that if they couldn’t perform, they could leave the team, he would find replacements for them,” sources said.

“Ijaz gave them a piece of his mind, and some of the players resented the way he conveyed his feelings to them,” they added.


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