PCB hints at a decision on Babar Azam’s captaincy, expected tomorrow.
Former cricketers, including Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, provide input for strategic team decisions.
Pakistan initiates significant changes, including a new selection committee.
In the wake of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC World Cup 2023, speculations are rife about a potential change in leadership within the cricket team. Aalia Rasheed, the Director of Media and Communications of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), revealed that the current skipper, Babar Azam, might make a decision on his captaincy as early as tomorrow.
The PCB has been swift to address concerns following the Men in Green’s subpar showing in the World Cup. Zaka Ashraf, the Management Committee chairman, recently engaged in discussions with prominent cricketers to gather insights into the team’s performance during the mega event.
Aalia Rasheed confirmed that a crucial meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, where Pakistan’s head coach, Mickey Arthur, will meet with the chairman. Rasheed stated, “It would be premature to say anything about the change in the captain of the cricket team,” but hinted that a decision from Babar Azam himself could be on the horizon.
The PCB is actively seeking input from former cricketers, including Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, and Sohail Tanvir, to make informed decisions. Rasheed indicated that former players might be entrusted with responsibilities at the junior level to contribute to cricket matters.
Regarding the meeting with former players, Rasheed emphasized that it is too early to provide a final opinion, suggesting ongoing discussions with Zaka Ashraf. The chairman is set to meet with the head of the PCB Technical Committee, Misbah-ul-Haq, who will provide feedback on the team’s performance and other related matters.
The upcoming discussions will also involve prominent figures such as Umar Gul, Azhar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Mushtaq Ahmed, Aqib Javed, Mohsin Khan, and Moin Khan. Zaka Ashraf will address possible changes in the coaching staff, including legal consultations on their contracts. Furthermore, the selection of captains for red-ball and white-ball formats is reportedly on the agenda.
With the Test tour of Australia looming as Pakistan’s next assignment, the team will undergo significant restructuring. The interim selection committee, appointed after the resignation of Inzamam-ul-Haq as Chief Selector, has been removed, leaving uncertainty about who will select the side for the tour Down Under. The decisions made in the upcoming meetings will likely shape the future of Pakistan cricket, both in terms of leadership and team composition.
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