Islamabad: Pakistan cricket team’s manager Naveed Akram Cheema on Friday rejected reports of rift between captain Misbah-ul-Haq and T20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, saying that the reports were part of a ‘negative campaign’ to dent Pakistan’s confidence ahead of its ODI series against South Africa.
According to Dawn.com, Cheema said that the team was fully united and there is no rift between Hafeez and Misbah or any other player and all the players are looking to the one-day series with renewed zeal.
The manager further said that giving air to unfounded rifts served no purpose as the players were focusing on the one-day games and there was no time to concentrate on issues which were far from reality.
“It has become a common practice to launch a propaganda campaign against the team by targeting players ahead of an important event but the team management is fully aware of the situation and is determined to defy all such moves in the larger interest of the Pakistan team and cricket.”
“Our aim is to take Pakistan cricket high with our team playing quality cricket and producing positive results,” Cheema added.
Pakistan will open its five-match series on March 10 with rest of the matches on March 15, 17, 21 and 24.