Sarfaraz left fuming after discord within Pakistan team

Pakistan captain lashed out at some players after defeat against India

Sarfaraz left fuming after discord within Pakistan team Photo Courtesy: PCB/Twitter

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has lashed out at some members of his team, after the team’s humiliating loss at the hands of India, during the ongoing 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in England and Wales.

According to sources, Sarfaraz has, reportedly, accused pacer Wahab Riaz, batsmen Imamul Haq and Babar Azam and all-rounder Imad Wasim for underperforming and forming a group within the side, in the dressing room after the match against India. He also termed Wasim as the leader of the group and someone who has his eyes set on becoming the captain of the side.

Although veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik will retire from ODI cricket at the end of the World Cup but he has also thrown his weight behind the four-member group, a source close to the Pakistan team further revealed. 

The Pakistan skipper was also disappointed with the way team played against India because this was a match he thinks that the Men in Green could have won.

During Sarfaraz’s outburst in the room, Head Coach Mickey Arthur preferred to remain quiet and only focused on discussing cricketing matters.

The team’s activities, other than cricket, in England are also a cause of concern for the team management and Manager Talat Ali, apparently, has no control over the squad members.

When we approached Pakistan team’s Media Manager on the issue, he brushed aside all such rumours and stated that the squad was united under the leadership of captain Sarfaraz.

Pakistan only has three points from five games during the 2019 World Cup so far and their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals stage of the tournament are extremely slim. They will play their next match of the mega event against South Africa on Sunday, June 23 at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground.