Anyone not performing won’t be considered: PCB

Islamabad— Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed has said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) believes that it is player’s prerogative to retire from the game or not but if a player or even a captain does not perform in the team, then obviously he won’t be considered.
He was responding to a question regarding Twenty-20 skipper Shahid Afridi who has again taken a U-turn from his retirement decision, Haroon said it is totally a player’s prerogative to retire from the game or not. “We cannot force anyone to retire,” he told media persons.
However, earlier the PCB had also asked its cricketers to officially retire before acquiring a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the Masters Champions League (MCL).
Speaking about that PCB needs to set rules for a player’s retirement that if a player want retirement from cricket then he should be made to give it in writing to the PCB so that if in the near future he thinks of taking a u-turn the PCB should not allow him to do so, Haroon said rules like this could not framed “as this goes on in every cricketing country but if a captain or a player does not perform in the team then automatically he won’t be selected.
Haroon also refuted all speculations that Sarfraz Ahmed will replace Azhar Ali as captain of the One Day team.
Some reports said PCB was likely to appoint Sarfraz as the ODI captain after seeing his performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20. Azhar led Lahore Qalandars in the league which was unable to qualify for the play-offs while Sarfraz headed Quetta Gladiators which was the tournament’s runner-up. Reports also revealed that after the retirement of Twenty-20 skipper Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz will also lead the green-shirts in that format of the game. Haroon contradicted the report. “This report is totally baseless and does not have any weight in it.” He further said that Ahmed Shahzad was not in form but will be selected in future if he performs well.—APP

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