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Rift between Shoaib, Inzamam exposed

The aftershocks of the defeat at the hands of India were immediately felt in the Pakistani team where a rift between Inzamam and Shoaib came out into the open.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Rawalpindi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2004 11:47 PM IST

The aftershocks of the defeat at the hands of India were immediately felt in the Pakistani team where a rift between skipper Inzamam-ul Haq and bowling spearhead Shoaib Akhtar came out into the open.

Shoaib was on Friday quoted by former captain Rashid Latif as having complained about the field placements by Inzamam who dubbed such comments as "very unprofessional" and threatened disciplinary action against the 'Rawalpindi Express'.

"Action will be taken against him. Such things affect the morale of the team," Inzamam told reporters after India clinched a historic Test series triumph over Pakistan, winning the decider by an innings and 131 runs.

Shoaib reportedly told Latif over telephone that Inzamam was not giving him the right field placements in the series. The matter came to light in a television programme after the second day's play.

Inzamam said he had no differences with his strike bowler but such remarks were adversely affecting the morale of the team. "It is not a professional thing to do."

The Pakistan skipper refused to comment when asked about Shoaib's frequent visits to the Indian dressing room yesterday. The bowler, apparently, was trying to contact the Indian team manager for procuring a visa so that he could go to India for a commercial shoot.

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