PCB rubbishes reports regarding fielding coach resignation


Christchurch: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has categorically rubbished reports that fielding coach and trainer Grant Luden has resigned because of players’ misbehavior.

“The news is absolutely false and that nothing of the sort has happened,” PCB spokesman Agha Akbar said.

A news item appeared in a section of media stating that there has been a misbehavior issue between three players Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal and fielding coach Grant Luden and as a consequence the latter has resigned.

“The entire team trained together Tuesday afternoon, in a spirit of camaraderie, under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis with each of the other coaches and assistant manager Shahid Aslam actively involved throughout the extended four-hour session. Today some players were put through their paces by all coaches, with Luden putting in an extra hour on both days with a select group of players,” he said.

He further said that a few days prior to the start of the ICC World Cup 2015, Luden had expressed his desire that for personal reasons, he would want to be relieved of his duties somewhere in May 2015. Subsequently, as his issues were resolved, he took his resignation back.

“PCB, the team management as well as the boys believe that he is doing the job in high esteem, and are keen that he continues to serve in his present role”, added PCB spokesman.