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Pakistan cricket players in big bust-up on Gabba Test eve

Pakistan cricketers Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah were asked to leave the Gabba ground by team manager Wasim Bari after a football game turned ugly; Pakistan Cricket Board is contemplating disciplinary action against the cricket stars.

cricket Updated: Dec 14, 2016 21:29 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Wahab Riaz,Yasir Shah,PCB
Pakistan players Yasir Shah (right) and paceman Wahab Riaz (left) confront each other during a training session at The Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday, the eve of their Test against Australia.(AFP)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a serious view of the bust-up between Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah during a training session in Brisbane on Wednesday, a day before the first Test begins at the Gabba on Thursday.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told the media here that he was disappointed to hear about the incident involving Wahab and Yasir during a football session.

“I don’t know how this happened because so far the team has been a well-knit side and disciplined. This is not discipline and we have asked for a report from the team management on what transpired,” he said.

Khan said after studying the report, disciplinary action, if necessary, would be taken against the two players. The incident was picked up by the international media after wire services flashed pictures of the two players facing off in the training session.

Pakistan player Mohammad Nawaz (left) calms down Yasir Shah after his spat with paceman Wahab Riaz during a training session at The Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday. ( AFP )

Team manager Wasim Bari sent off both the players from the training session to sit on the bench. The two players then appeared in a video released on social media in which they insisted they were good friends and the incident was blown out of proportion by the media.

Pakistan has never won a Test series in Australia and the current three-match series represents a big challenge for the touring side led by long serving captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Pakistan has named four pacers in Wahab, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Aamir and Sohail Khan in their line-up of 12 for Thursday.

The PCB chief said the series in Australia was an important one for Pakistan and hopefully the team would be able to put up a good show.

Asked whether the outcome of the Test series would have a bearing on the future of 42-year old Misbah as captain, Khan said the Board had left it up to the player to decide his future himself.

“He can decide himself but as far as we are concerned we have replacements ready as does every cricket nation. We have our replacements clear in our mind if required,” he said.

A recent statement by Khan that he had asked Misbah to continue as captain until 2018 led to a backlash in the media and from some former players who questioned the wisdom and timing of such a statement prior to the Tests in Australia.

First Published: Dec 14, 2016 21:05 IST