Pakistan captains Misbah, Hafeez deny rift reports

Hafeez, who replaced Misbah as one-day skipper in May last year, said the Pakistan team needed better and more positive support.

updated: April 09, 2013 20:28 IST
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Lahore: Pakistan's Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez again denied reports of a rift Tuesday, saying the rumours were damaging the team.

Misbah had already denied similar reports on the team's return from South Africa where Pakistan were routed 3-0 in Tests and were edged out 3-2 in the one-day series, defeats which local media blamed on differences within the side.

But former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt reignited the controversy on Tuesday, alleging Hafeez and team's head coach Dav Whatmore had formed a nexus that left Misbah sidelined.

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