Calcutta: Cricket Australia (CA) may take a dim view of Pat Howard, the team performance manager, contradicting Michael Clarke on his relationship with Shane Watson.
Howard could also have some explaining to do on his over-the-top comments on Watson, who is back in Australia.
A day after Clarke, the captain, said he didn’t have an issue with Watson, his deputy on the tour of India, Howard announced that there was a problem!
“They have normal difficulties that everybody has in a relationship... The reality is that Michael is a strong driver... The captain and the vice-captain have got to sort their issues out,” Howard told the media on Tuesday.
During that interaction, Howard went to the extent of saying that Watson was only “sometimes” a team player.
That’s a massive indictment.
Watson has, of course, responded in stinging manner. CA, too, may have something to say to Howard.
“Not everybody in CA has been bowled over by Howard’s comments,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph.