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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has played down rumours of there being a rift between captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur.
Arthur was frustrated with Pakistan’s batting collapse in both innings in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion, where they were skittled out for 181 and 190 respectively.
With the Proteas having cruised to a six-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, Arthur had a “strong” and “honest” with the batsmen. A few of them were even “reminded of their responsibilities”, according to a team source.
Mani admitted that Arthur was irritated with Pakistan’s performance with the bat in the first Test, but made it abundantly clear that media reports suggesting that Arthur had crossed the line with the way in which he addressed the players were completely erroneous.
Having met with Sarfraz and Arthur separately, Mani insisted that there relations between them are not frosty at all.
“The players were scolded but not in the manner reported by the media,” he was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Although I believe that details about such matters should stay inside the dressing room.
“I had meeting with both Sarfraz and Arthur and I can assure you that the talk about any rift between the captain and coach is not true.”