Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is said to have lost his cool in the dressing room and lambasted skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and experienced batsman Azhar Ali for letting the team down in the second innings of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
After being 101/1 in the second innings, Pakistan suffered a collapse and were bundled out for 190 with Duanne Olivier taking five wickets for the hosts. Faf du Plessis and company will have to chase 149 in the fourth innings to win the match with three days remaining.
According to media reports, Arthur was furious at senior players including Sarfaraz, Azhar and Asad Shafiq after their dismal showing. Report also claims that the Pakistan coach had a heated argument with the trio and threw objects in the dressing room which made a lot of noise.
Sarfaraz and Azhar scored a duck in the second innings whereas Shafiq fell for just 6 runs after playing a loose shot. The Pakistani captain had also scored a duck in the first essay.
Arthur is known for his aggressive approach and has openly expressed disappointment at the team’s miserable performance in the past.
“This is probably one of the worst defeats I have ever suffered in my career,” Arthur has said after Pakistan’s Test series defeat to New Zealand in UAE last month.
(With inputs from Pakistan Today)