Grant Flower reveals about Pakistan’s ‘unhappy’ dressing room
Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower admits that Pakistan’s dressing room is currently one of the unhappiest and he has seen happier dressing rooms than the one he finds himself in with the team right now.
After a horrendous performance against South Africa in the first Test, Flower has also revealed that the selectors are furious with the batting approach of Pakistan batsmen and warned that a lot of the players’ places would be under threat.
Flower told ESPNcricinfo –
“The atmosphere isn’t the best at the moment. 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.”
And the collapse was not the worse that Pakistan faced during the Test match. Somehow it was leaked that head coach Mickey Arthur was absolutely furious after the collapse and he gave some of the batsmen an earful after he lost his temper.
Flower admitted that he was disappointed with Arthur’s behavior and believes the atmosphere in the dressing room should be like a ‘family.’
“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,” the batting coach concluded.