6 Jul 2011

Pakistan cricket manager blames cabal within side for causing recent problems

5:53 pm on 6 July 2011

A small group of Pakistan's cricketers had interfered in the team's management, leaked confidential information and contributed to a divisive culture, the team's long-term manager Intikhab Alam says.

The team has been riven by controversy in the past three years with significant player turnover and a revolving door in the captaincy while three players were also embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal and received lengthy bans.

In a television interview Alam says there were times when 15 minutes after a team meeting television channels were running stories about what had happened.

However, Alam who played 47 tests and is a former coach of the side, says the Pakistan board has taken a strong line against the players, forced some out and tried to change the culture in the past 12 months.