Mid-way through the 2015 World Cup, Pakistan’s fielding coach Grant Luden resigned from his post.
The ARY News reported that Grant Luden has reportedly submitted his resignation to Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shehryar Khan after three senior players – Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad – misbehaved with him.
According to sources, the Grant Ludan had grilled the trio over poor fielding. Umar Akmal, who was asked to keep the wickets ahead of Sarfraz Ahmed had missed a crucial chance to dismiss Indian batsman Virat Kohli after dropping him behind the stumps and Kohli eventually went on to become the Man of the Match.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has also confirmed the news. Pakistan lost to India by 76 runs in their first match of the World Cup at Adelaide on Sunday.
Following the team’s failure to make the World T20 semi-finals, Grant Luden, the former fitness coach of Bangladesh, was appointed as the Pakistan fielding coach on March 30, 2014.
In fact, Pakistan’s team management is losing patience with Ahmed Shehzad the most. The batsman has been pulled up twice during the World Cup. He was one of the eight players to be fined $300 for breaching curfew hours on February 8.
If he does commit another offence, he could well face the axe from the tournament.