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Mickey Arthur has admitted that one of the most frustrating things during his tenure as Pakistan’s head coach is the false stories the media has written.
There have constantly been reports about rifts and groups forming within the Pakistan team, but Arthur, the players or the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have to constantly insist that the rumours are not true.
This was prevalent during the ongoing World Cup, where speculation started to surface that Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed had accused spinner Imad Wasim of forming a small group with three other players in order to replace him as captain.
The report said that the three other players were left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz, opener Imam-ul-Haq and batsman Babar Azam.
It added that veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik supported the group.
Arthur admits that such reports grow tiresome after a while as it has an impact on everyone in the team.
“I’ll be open and honest. The consistent stories out there that are so far from the truth. When the media writes stories, it affects everybody. It affects the team, and it affects everybody else,” he told Geo.tv.
Pakistan are currently playing in the World Cup and have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the semi-finals.