With every passing in the wake of the heavy defeat to India in Manchester, Pakistan team is finding itself in the mid of more controversy. In the latest development, reports have come out suggesting that there is feud among the players. The reports also suggest that the players are unhappy with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed which is eventually costing Pakistan games in the ongoing World Cup.
The Men in Green are reeling at the bottom of the points table after managing just 3 points from five games. Their latest defeat came against arch-rivals India on Sunday. Asked to bat first, India piled up a mammoth total of 336 for 5. Rohit Sharma starred with the bat, scoring 140 while KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scored 57 and 77 respectively.
In reply, Pakistan failed to provide any sort of challenge to their formidable opponents. Barring the 104-run stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, they never really looked in contention to chase down the total. They eventually finished on 212 for 6 in 40 overs, thus losing the game by 89 runs (DLS method).
Reports in Pakistan are now suggesting that all is not well within the team. There are groups in the team and players now want to topple their under-pressure captain. The ‘Samaa’ news channel reported that soon after he got out, Sarfaraz allegedly lost his cool in the dressing room. Sarfaraz accused some players including Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq, of forming a group against him and not supporting him.
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The ‘Duniya’ news channel did a similar report about how there were different groups in the team — one led by Mohammad Amir and another led by Imad — which were letting Sarfaraz down. The players, meanwhile, have denied such grouping within the team.
“But it was more out of frustration and I don’t recall him blaming anyone or talking about groupings in the team but he did say the players needed to give more,” a player told PTI on condition of anonymity.