DUBAI: Dean Jones, the former Australian cricketer and head coach of PSL team Islamabad United has accepted that atmosphere in the team’s dressing room is not too good following suspension of two players due to corruption allegations.
PSL and PCB on Friday suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif after initial inquiry into attempt by an international syndicate to corrupt the Pakistan Super League.
And on Saturday, another Islamabad United player Mohammad Irfan was in news for being investigated into same matter. However, contrary to media reports of him being sent back to Pakistan, Irfan was cleared and allowed to continue playing the league.
Developments in last two days have, it seems, clearly demoralized the team Islamabad United. All the management staff and players tried to stay away from media after the story broke.
Team’s head coach, Dean Jones has accepted that things were not too good, but didn’t agree with observation that it has affected team’s performance.
“Emotionally and physically, the team has been through hell, honestly,” he commented when asked about the environment in Islamabad United camp following elimination of two key players in an unfortunate and unwanted manner from PSL.
“From our owners to Wasim and our senior players, it has been a bit of tough time, but now we will regroup and we will get together and move on,” said Dean.
Dean however disagreed when one journalist asked if the scandal has effected team’s performance, the former Australian Cricketer added that team has got few days before next game to regroup.
“We have four days before we play our next game in Sharjah. We will go out and regroup in this time ahead of next matches,” he said.
He also hailed Misbah’s effort for cheering up the mood and environment in the camp.
“Misbah is always calm, cool and collected. He doesn’t give a lot of emotions away. Not many people see the humorous side of him but we have seen a bit of that over the past 24 hours to loosen things up,” said the former Australian cricketer.