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Pakistan’s World Cup campaign has been hit by reports of player unrest after it was alleged fielding coach Grant Luden was involved in a row with a number of players.
Reports in Pakistani media suggested Luden had resigned after an argument with Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal following Pakistan’s loss at the hand of major rivals India last Sunday, say ESPNCricinfo.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have released a statement denying Luden had quit following the match at Adelaide Oval.
“Reports stating that there has been a tiff between three players, Afridi, Shehzad and Akmal and fielding coach Luden and that the latter has resigned because of it, are absolutely false and that nothing of the sort has happened,” the PCB statement reads.
“The entire team trained together in Christchurch on Tuesday under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis with each of the other coaches, where 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.
However the PCB admitted Luden attempted to resign prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup due to “personal reasons”.
“A few days prior to the start of the World Cup 2015, Luden had expressed his desire that for personal reasons, he would want to be relieved of his duties sometime in May 2015,” the board statement said.
“Subsequently, as his issues were resolved, he took his resignation back. The PCB and the team management as well as the boys hold the job he is doing in high esteem, and are keen that he continues to serve in his present role.”
Pakistan face the West Indies in their second Pool B match on Saturday in Christchurch.