Younis, Misbah lead two bitterly divided camps inside Pak cricket team

May 9th, 2009 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Shoaib Akhtar Lahore, May 9 (ANI): There seems to be an unending list of controversies and internal scuffles in the Pakistan cricket team, as reports spilling out of the team’s dressing room suggest that there are two factions of players in the national squad.

Sources privy to the team’s dressing room have revealed that national side is bitterly divided into two camps of captain Younis Khan and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

There is a complete lack of trust and unity between these two camps, The Nation reports.

It is also believed that it was this divide of players which resulted in the team’s 3-2 drubbing by a depleted Australian squad in the recently concluded Dubai one-day international series.

The divide among the players was quite visible during the UAE tour, where the two groups allegedly stayed distant from each other.

It was also evident that while Younis Khan supported Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, and a few younger players like Fawad Alam, Misbah -ul-Haq lobbied with former captain Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Rao Iftikhar Anjum.

Questions are also being raised over coach Intikhab Alam’s inability to build a cohesive unit ahead of an important event such as the Twenty20 World Cup.

Alam is also being criticized for his laid back attitude, as he is more interested in pleasing the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) top brass, rather than sorting out the problems within his team and bridging gaps between the players. (ANI)

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