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A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has dismissed rumours of a rift between some of the Pakistan players and head coach Mickey Arthur.
This comes after a Pakistani news channel claimed that chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had flown out to England to play the role of a peacemaker between the two unhappy parties.
The news channel added that some of the players lodged a complaint with the PCB about Arthur’s behaviour and said that they had grown tired of him dominating the team.
However, the board has denied the claims made by the news channel and insisted that it was decided in advance that Inzamam would travel to England in order to help select the playing XI for Pakistan’s World Cup matches.
Wishing to remain anonymous, a PCB official echoed with the board had said, and was quoted by The New Indian Express as saying: “It is sad because our team needs all the support it can get right now. That is why the board chairman called up captain Sarfraz (Ahmed) and encouraged him.
“Every time we do badly, such stories and speculations come out. When Pakistan won against England, there was no mention of rifts and problems and it has now started.”
Pakistan have endured a dismal World Cup campaign as they have won just one of their five matches thus far.
Their next World Cup match will be against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.