Pak manager says his ~~report~~ was faked

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2001, 20:15 [IST]
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 Karachi: The manager of Pakistan's cricket team has denied writing a report on divisions within the squad during the recent tour of New Zealand. The national daily 'Dawn' on Sunday published excerpts of a report they said Faqir Aizazuddin had submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). According to the paper, the report highlighted differences between senior players and coach Javed Miandad and said they had marred the team's performance. Aizazuddin said in a press release on Tuesday, "I have neither written a report nor submitted it, so anything published in the newspaper is fake." He said he had only learned of the report on his return from the team's dismal performance in New Zealand. But the paper stood by its story and on Tuesday carried further details of the disputed report. The PCB also brushed aside claims that it had leaked the report to 'Dawn' to malign senior players. Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat by an innings and 185 runs in the third Test at Hamilton. The team lost the One-day series 2-3 and drew the three-match Test series 1-1. "Overall it was not a satisfactory tour," Miandad admitted on his return. But he denied discord in the team. "There is no rift in the team. We completed the tour without any problem but defeat brings such things with it," Miandad told AFP. "We had a very young team but we should have won the Test series," he said. He lauded the performance of batsman Faisal Iqbal and pace bowler Mohammad Sami. Iqbal, Miandad's newphew, made an impressive start to Test cricket while Sami took eight wickets on debut to lead Pakistan to their 299-run win in the first Test at Auckland. Miandad said he was ready to quit as coach of the team. "I have offered to resign before and will step down if asked," he said. Captain Moin Khan blamed the pitch and toss for the Hamilton fiasco. "We lost the final Test because it was a green pitch and we lost the crucial toss," he said. "I have played all my cricket on willpower and will fight hard to regain my place in the team for the England tour," he said. Khan has been ruled out of the game for six weeks due to a knee injury sustained in New Zealand and the PCB is due to name a new captain for the One-day tri-series starting in Sharjah from Sunday. Inzamam-ul-Haq is tipped to lead Pakistan for the Gulf event. Pakistan will then tour England in May, playing two Tests and a One-day tri-series including world champions Australia. Copyright AFP 2000 AFP

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