Exclusive: Media speculative reports are common after Pakistan defeat: Asif Iqbal
Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal turns down media reports regarding infighting in Pakistan cricket team playing in World Cup Down Under and added such reports have always made headlines after Pakistan’s defeat in a big match and generally hold little truth.
“The reports about infighting in the team have always surfaced after a defeat. Such reports exist more in the media than in fact,” Asif told arysports.tv.
Several reports surfaced, after Pakistan lost to India in Wordl Cup opener, claiming there have been differences between coach Waqar Younis, chief selector Moin Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq. The two team officials were said to be calling all the shots from selecting playing XI to deciding batting order while Misbah has been sidelined.
One such report even quoted experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez as saying regarding the rift in team’s top think-tank. But Hafeez denied giving such interview and said there was no such issue in the team.
When Asif was questioned regarding Pakistan’s prospects in the World Cup, he said that Pakistan has to work hard to secure a place in the quarterfinals since associate teams are also performing brilliantly.
“As for Pakistan’s chances in this World Cup, we have our work cut out to get to the quarterfinals, especially now with even the so-called “minnows” having raised their standards considerably. Yet, we should be able to make it to the quarters,” he said.
“Thereafter, it is a question of which team performs on the day and who is favoured by that enigmatic factor known as the ‘rub of the green’,” he added.