Thatscricket - News - Javed Miandad denies Shoaib-Inzamam rift

Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Javed Miandad denies Shoaib-Inzamam rift
Saturday, January 24 2004 14:50 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:Pakistan cricket coach Javed Miandad has rubbished reports of a tiff between Shoaib Akhtar and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and instead praised the speedster for being a "good team man" despite his usual antics during the recent tour of New Zealand.

Shoaib had reportedly told his teammates in New Zealand that they should be prepared to accept him as the new captain once they returned home.

But both Miandad and team manager Haroon Rashid were unanimous in their view that Shoaib was "well behaved" on the tour where Pakistan enjoyed mixed success, winning the Test series 1-0 while going down in the One-day series 4-1.

"Even when Mohammad Sami was struggling, he was out there encouraging him and overall he had been a good team man," Rashid was quoted as saying in 'The News'.

"Otherwise his minor abrasions were there but he played with commitment and sincerity and supported others all the way," he said.

The team management and the senior players kept reminding Shoaib that he was a match-winner and needed to play regularly and produce wickets consistently for Pakistan to do well, Rashid said.

Miandad said fielding and fitness had been a problem but there were not any tussles within the team.

"True, we lost the One-day series by a margin of 1-4. True, we have problems with our fitness and fielding but the biggest positive from this tour has been the fighting spirit and camaraderie within the team."

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