Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz come to blows during training

Published: December 14, 2016
Pakistani players Yasir Shah (R) and paceman Wahab Riaz (C) confront each other during a football game in the team's training session at Gabba in Brisbane. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani players Yasir Shah (R) and paceman Wahab Riaz (C) confront each other during a football game in the team's training session at Gabba in Brisbane. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan’s team management is likely to take action against fast-bowler Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah after the teammates were involved in a scuffle during a practice session in Brisbane on Wednesday.

According to a PCB official, the duo came to blows following an argument while playing football on the eve of the opening Test against Australia starting from Thursday.

Mohammad Nawaz acting as mediator between Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah. PHOTO: AFP

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“Nothing major happened but that is a disciplinary breach,” the official told The Express Tribune. “The team management may take action against the two players after hearing from them.”

Yasir Shah not smiling for the very first time. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan players have a history of altercations during international tours with the brawl between former fast-bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif in Johannesburg in 2007 ICC World Twenty20 being the most infamous one.

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The two were involved in a dressing-room spat which resulted in Asif being struck by a bat on his left thigh. Akhtar was later sent home over the disciplinary breach.

However, later, both players buried the hatchet by posting a picture together from Yasir’s twitter account.

Both players also published a video saying there is nothing wrong between them.

“Hi guys there is nothing wrong, as is being told in the media. Me and Yasir are very good friends and nothing happened between us. We are united and we will play together tomorrow and you have to pray for us,” says Wahab in the video.


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Reader Comments (11)

  • debilitator
    Dec 14, 2016 - 4:07PM

    Great!!! this will fire up the boysRecommend

  • James
    Dec 14, 2016 - 4:17PM

    India is behind this……jealous of CPEC…..Recommend

  • Ravian
    Dec 14, 2016 - 4:22PM

    But “Messi” looks of a friendly nature with a smile all the times……….. Recommend

  • Farhan Karim
    Dec 14, 2016 - 5:00PM

    It starts from the club level, grade 2, and grade 1.. everyone is looking to play for himself and make a name. There is no concept of team play and coordination. I am not surprised if the same mentality is reflected in the national team. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 14, 2016 - 5:22PM

    One is crazy and other is Pathan. Team managment put them on the opposite sides and that too in a football match. Very bad move.Recommend

  • Observer
    Dec 14, 2016 - 5:59PM

    This is how they warm up. Heated exchanges are an integral part of the game. Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Dec 14, 2016 - 7:30PM

    RAW instigated fight.You should move a resolution in the parliament.Recommend

  • Islbd man
    Dec 14, 2016 - 7:49PM

    Let’s face it…. They are grown up kids… With egosRecommend

  • Sheraz
    Dec 14, 2016 - 10:42PM

    @James..Seriously!!! Bollywood standard comedyRecommend

  • Parvez
    Dec 14, 2016 - 11:45PM

    Wahab Riaz needs to be kept in check.Recommend

  • NKAli
    Dec 15, 2016 - 10:02AM

    @James: Did you breakfast before commenting on this article? Recommend

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