Pakistan coach resigns


Pakistan fielding coach Grant Luden, disappointed with the team’s poor showing against India and unhappy with the attitude of senior players, tendered in his resignation soon after the Adelaide defeat.

The resignation followed after Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad had a heated exchange with Luden during a fielding session.

The fielding coach was also upset after some cricketers expressed dissatisfaction over his working ways, and took the matter to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

Luden then decided to call it quits, but the team management were able to persuade him to withdraw his resignation.

According to reports, the PCB chief has directed team manager Naveed Akram Cheema to resolve the matter between the Luden and the players.

Luden had joined the Pakistan team after quitting as Bangladesh’s trainer in May 2014 to sign a two-year contract with the PCB.

Luden was appointed by former PCB chairman Najam Sethi soon after Waqar Younis was hired as head coach, Mushtaq Ahmad as spin bowling coach and Grant Flower as the batting coach.

This is yet another setback for the Pakistani side who are already struggling with unfortunate injuries, player misdeameanours and the moral crushing defeat to India in their opening match in the World Cup.

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