Australia vs Pakistan: Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah embroiled in heated exchange before Brisbane Test

Brisbane: Pakistan bowlers Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah clashed in a heated exchange during training before the first Test against Australia, but team officials Thursday dismissed any internal problems.

 Australia vs Pakistan: Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah embroiled in heated exchange before Brisbane Test

File photo of Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (R) and Yasir Shah. Reuters

Tempers flared over a tackle during a warm-up football game at the Gabba in Brisbane on Wednesday, with Shah, who has been nursing a back injury, pushing Riaz in the chest.

Both players had to be separated by coach Mickey Arthur before being sent off the field and kept away from team training, a witness told AFP.

"Both (players) had an exchange of words but it wasn’t serious," team spokesman Amjad Hussain Bhatti told ESPNcricinfo.

"Both were immediately separated... but now they are both fine and have apologised to each other too.”

Leg-spinner Shah and fast bowler Riaz later appeared in a video posted on YouTube playing down the incident.

"Yasir and I are great friends," Riaz said. "Nothing of the sort happened. We are not against each other.

"There is no disunity between us. We will play together (on Thursday), and you have to pray for us.”

A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said action against the duo was being considered but was unlikely to go further.

Updated Date: Dec 15, 2016 11:44:12 IST