Prior to the crucial match against India, rumors were circulating regarding confirmation about grouping in Pakistan cricket team where chief-selector Inzamam-ul-Haq himself was also involved.
The reports were dismissed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) soon after but seeing Inzamam’s eagerness to be involved in every team management decision seems a little suspicious.
Pakistan team reached London on Wednesday and the captain of the cricket team Sarfaraz Ahmed was immediately surrounded by reporters and journalists who had only one question: is there any truth about the grouping and lobbying within the team?
Sarfaraz reluctantly replied:
Talk to media manager Raza first…then we can discuss it.
His response has given birth to even more controversy as many experts and former players are convinced that Pakistan camp is divided into two parties and both are fighting against each other which is why Pakistan’s performances on the pitch are woeful, to say the least.
The PCB had already clarified their position regarding the matter. A PCB spokesperson said:
There is no reality in the news related to conflicts between players and the captain.
Board and players have given full confidence to Sarfaraz. There are tough dressing room talks but there is no grouping. The team wants to perform well in the tournament and they will.
If the rumors hold any truth then Sarfaraz’s position as Pakistan captain is under threat and PCB needs to form a committee to resolve these internal problems as soon as the World Cup campaign is over for the Men in Green.