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PCB denies 'grossly exaggerated' reports of Arthur's outburst during South Africa Test

Updated December 28, 2018

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Arthur, allegedly, yells at Captain Sarfaraz and senior players to vent his frustration. — Reuters/File
Arthur, allegedly, yells at Captain Sarfaraz and senior players to vent his frustration. — Reuters/File

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday strongly refuted reports of an angry outburst by head coach Mickey Arthur at the end of day two of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion.

"The Pakistan team management led by Manager Talat Ali strongly refutes the baseless allegations levelled against Head Coach Mickey Arthur on his supposed 'angry behaviour,'" a press release issued by the board said.

Earlier in the day, a section of the media while quoting unnamed sources had reported that Arthur not only yelled at captain Sarfraz Ahmed and senior players but also threw things against walls to vent his frustration over the dismal performance of the national team.

"As per the norm, Mickey held a debriefing meeting at the end of the day's play which was held in a cordial atmosphere with inputs from team members and management, as is the usual practice," the PCB insisted.

"Any speculation about [the] coach's angry behaviour towards the players is grossly exaggerated," it said, adding that Arthur, the team management, captain and all team members were "totally united" in their objective of producing positive results.

According to the PCB statement, the team management hoped that the media would "refrain from speculating on the matter".