Pak skippers Misbah, Hafeez deny reports of rift

Sydney, Apr 10 (ANI): Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez have once again denied reports of a rift between them, adding that such rumours are damaging the team.

Misbah had already denied similar reports after the team's return from South Africa where Pakistan were routed 3-0 in Tests and were edged out 3-2 in the one-day series, defeats which local media blamed on differences within the side, News.com.au reports.

However, the report further added that former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt had again reignited the flames by alleging that Misbah was sidelined by a nexus formed by head coach Dav Whatmore and Hafeez, which had affected his performance.

However, Hafeez and Misbah denied the accusations in a news conference, saying that a person of the stature of Butt should have thought before making such a statement as it affects a country's image.

Stating that Pakistan flopped in South Africa because of a better performance from the hosts, Misbah further said that the reason of Pakistan's defeat was not differences within the team.

Agreeing with Misbah, Hafeez said that the Pakistan team needed better and more positive support, adding that baseless reports of differences similar to Butt's do not help and instead bring down the morale of the team.

Pakistan's next assignment is the eight-nation Champions Trophy in England in June., in which they will face India, South Africa and the West Indies in the group stage of the tournament, while defending champions Australia, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand make up the other pool, the report added. (ANI)

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