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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has played down speculation that relations between him and pace bowler Hasan Ali are frosty.
Sarfraz had to defend himself after an incident occurred in the second Twenty20 International during Pakistan’s recently concluded tour of New Zealand.
During that match, Sarfraz approached Hasan after the seamer had conceded a boundary. But, instead of waiting for his captain, Hasan ignored Sarfraz and continued walking back to his mark.
While the incident sparked a lot of debate about whether there was a rift between the duo, Sarfraz has poured cold water on the rumour, saying everything is fine between them.
“Whatever happened with Hasan Ali, it was a matter of a couple of minutes and ended there,” Sarfraz told Samaa TV as quoted by Sport360. “I spoke to him later on as well. There is no issue. It finished then and there and I hope it won’t happen again. Hasan is a team man and puts his heart and soul into it.”
Safraz has been criticised as of late for being too hot-headed and lashing out at his players too often. However, he denied having such traits.
“Whatever happens in the ground, I don’t do it deliberately,” he said. “Neither at club level, Under-19 or first-class. Yes, I get a bit too involved in the match. Some people like it, some don’t. I try to make sure my style (of functioning) remains the same).”