Alam rubbishes media reports on Pakistan cricketers

May 11th, 2009 - 8:15 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
Karachi, May 11 (IANS) Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has slammed the media for reporting the presence of female visitors in the players’ hotel rooms in UAE, saying they were cricketers’ wives.

Intikhab, a former Pakistan captain, told IANS that around five of his team’s players went to UAE for the one-day series against Australia with their wives and kids.

“I’ve heard a lot of reports, alleging that my players were busy having a good time in Dubai and were entertaining female guests in their rooms,” said Intikhab. “It’s all rubbish. I must say there were females in the rooms of some of the players but they were their wives.”

Intikhab, whose team lost the one-day series against the Aussies 2-3 but won the one-off Twenty20 International, said a section of the Pakistani media was trying to tarnish the players’ image by spreading such untrue reports to settle personal scores with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by spreading such rumours.

Intikhab asked the media to play a more constructive role as Pakistan cricket is currently going through a rough phase.

“We are facing tough times and in such a situation, I believe it would be better if our media played a more constructive role,” he said.

There were also reports that the Pakistani community in UAE was also unhappy with the “poor conduct” of the players and some of its influential members even complained about to the team management.

Adding to this, there were reports of division in Pakistan team in two camps, each led by skipper Younis Khan and vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

However, Intikhab rejected all such reports as baseless.

“I’ve seldom seen our cricketers so focussed and disciplined,” said Intikhab, who had served as Pakistan’s coach and manager in the past. “They are a united bunch and fully support their captain Younis Khan.”

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