KARACHI: Pakistan cricket batting coach Grant Flower has expressed his concerns over the team’s dressing room environment in the wake of Pakistan’s defeat against South Africa at Centurion.
Flower, in an interview to ESPNcricinfo, said that due to the recent shambolic loss a number of players’ spots in the national team are under threat.
“The atmosphere isn’t the best at the moment,” the batting coach said. “Not many losing teams’ atmosphere will be the best. No one likes to lose. You don’t want to become happy losers. I’m not involved in selection, but there are quite a few guys with their places under threat. It’s not just one or two batsmen, you could point fingers at a few players.”
Flower’s statement came in the backdrop of a dressing room leak that coach Mickey Arthur had lost his temper with the players, after Pakistan’s dramatic batting collapse in the first Test. The coach reportedly exchanged harsh words with senior middle-order batsmen including skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
The batting coach expressed his disappointment over the leak, and admitted that there have been leaks from the dressing room since he joined the team so it didn’t surprise him.
“We don’t know who it is [the leaker]. But they’ve got to look at themselves in the mirror. It should never happen. On tour it’s all about teamwork, you’re supposed to be a family and trust each other. But I’ve been with the team over four years and there have been constant leaks all the time. It’s nothing new for me, so it doesn’t really come as a surprise.
“Mickey had some strong words with the players; there was quite a bit of honesty from him. I think the guys were a bit shell-shocked, but they’ve heard Mickey, everyone knows he can come down harshly on the boys at times.
“But sometimes that’s needed and the guys needed to be told a few home truths. Mickey won’t be the first or last coach to do that. If the guys do have strong character, they’ll bounce back from it and take that as a challenge.”