The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed the reports of ‘angry behaviour’ displayed by head coach Mickey Arthur towards senior players of the cricket team.
Team management strongly refutes baseless allegations regarding team meeting disorder https://t.co/zTXy7BWJfZ
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 28, 2018
The official statement was shared in a press release, which stated:
The Pakistan team management led by Manager Talat Ali strongly refutes the baseless allegations levelled against Head Coach Mickey Arthur on his supposed ‘angry behaviour’ at the end of Day Two of the ongoing Test match against South Africa in Centurion.
As per the norm, Mickey held a debriefing meeting at the end of the day’s play which was held in a cordial atmosphere with inputs from team members and management as is the usual practice.
Any speculation about coach’s angry behaviour towards the players is grossly exaggerated.
The head coach, team management, captain and all team members are totally united with a singular aim of producing positive results.
The team manager and rest of the management hopes that media would refrain from speculating on the matter.
Earlier, media reports stated that Arthur had a heated argument with captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, and top order batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. According to the media reports the head coach criticised the senior batsman while throwing objects in the dressing room.
PCB’s denial comes amid Pakistan batting line collapse against South Africa. But the social media feed has been trending with the Mickey Arthur’s dressing room rant.
Video VIA PCB pic.twitter.com/0qKV0DZPvz
— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) December 28, 2018
— Qasim 🇵🇰 (@chillll85) December 28, 2018
FIRE FROM THE DRESSING ROOM – Coach #MickeyArthur had intense heated argument with Asad Azhar & Sarfraz. Mickey criticized senior players heavily, used abusive language & also threw objects in th dressing room. Reason was th irresponsible shots senior pros played.🏏🇵🇰#SAvPAK
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) December 27, 2018
— Kafeel Ahmed (@ikafeel_ahmed) December 28, 2018
Why are we surprised that #MickeyArthur would give the players are dressing down? It’s not a corporate office where written notices will be sent. Pressure cooker situations leads to anger from responsible people. The journalists shouldn’t over exaggerate things
— Ali Wahab (@ali1wahab) December 28, 2018
Look it the performance of senior players when they comes to the crease we are hoping they make some runs but they not played a big innings we all are with #mickeyArthur
— Engr Irshad Yousafzai (@ShenakhanI) December 28, 2018