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Imad, Shadab deny grouping within cricket team

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ISLAMABAD: All-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan on Monday dismissed rumours of grouping within the Pakistan cricket team, also saying that the players had decided to ‘avoid the media’ after the humiliating defeat in a World Cup group stage match against India. Imad and Shadab were addressing a press conference here a day after skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed spoke to the media in Karachi. The players returned to the country from the United Kingdom after Pakistan failed to qualify for the semifinals due to net run-rate difference with New Zealand after both the teams earned 11 points each from nine league matches. Imad said that had there been any grouping within the team, he would not have played. “All of us play for Pakistan. I’ve known Sarfaraz for 15 years, he is not that type of a person. There have never been any disagreements or disputes. On field, if there are minor disagreements or if the captain says something, we should take it as a player.” Imad said Sarfaraz had called a team meeting after the match against India, where all players had “backed and supported each other”. “The meeting was also a turning point for us. You know there were a lot of rumours circulating in the media about grouping in the team but it was nothing like that. So when we had that meeting, Sarafarz told us to avoid media reports, give our 100 percent and produce results that are in favour of Pakistan,” he added.

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