KARACHI: In an interview available on Pakistan Cricket Board Website, Pakistan wicket-keeper cum batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has clearly denied any rift or dispute with head coach Waqar Younis.
After being included in the side for Pakistan’s crucial game against South Africa having been excluded from the team’s first four games, Sarfraz showed outstanding performance with 49 runs and six catches and awarded with man of the match.
That resulted in thorny questions being asked from Waqar at the post-match news conference about a “potential rift” with Sarfraz.
Waqar termed it a “stupid question” before cutting short the presser and leaving.
“I have all the respect for Waqar and all the reports, rumours are unwarranted,” Sarfraz said in the interview.
“The team is united and not only looking forward to qualifying for the quarter-finals but to play in the final. Waqar has been fully supporting and backing me and so have [captain] Misbah-ul-Haq and [bowling coach] Mushtaq Ahmed.”
Waqar denied allegations of nepotism and favoritism in the dressing room regarding Sarfraz and said he was used to such flak, the head coach said in a separate interview.