BRISBANE: Pakistan cricket team’s practice session saw an unsavory incident at the Woolloongabba in Brisbane when paceman Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah were sent off by coach Mickey Arthur after both had verbal confrontation and pushed each other, sources said.
Wahab had snatched the ball from Yasir and in doing so hit him on the leg as both tussled for the ball. Yasir was seen in pictures pushing Wahab as other players tried to cool them off.
Team manager Wasim Bari said the incident was a minor one. “It happened in the football game as players lost their cool but we dealt with the matter and players were calmed down,” Bari told ARY NEWS.
The incident revived the memories of a football game fight between now chief selector Inzamama-ul-Haq and veteran Younis Khan. They came to blows during a football game in team’s practice at Bulawayo before Pakistan’s last World Cup game in 2003.
Team management has decided not to fine the two players but have warned them of serious action in case they are involved again.
Later in the day, both cricketers tendered their apologies to the team management, promising no such incident will happen again.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said as both Wahab and Yasir have apologised, no action will be taken against them.