No dramatic decisions in PCB meeting

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Shakil to head Special Committee

Sports Reporter

Lahore—Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday failed to take any dramatic decisions, as was being expected, in the aftermath of Pakistan team’s unceremonious exit from the ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Neither were any players replaced ahead of the World T20, starting in India from March 8, nor was there any word on the future of Head Coach Waqar Younis or Skipper Shahid Afridi.
Instead the governing body of cricket in Pakistan constituted a “Special Committee” to inquire into green-shirts below-par performance in Bangladesh.
The committee was formed by the PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, a PCB spokesperson said.
The committee will also examine the selection process for the World Twenty20.
The committee will be headed by Shakil Sheikh while the members include Subhan Ahmad (Chief Operating Officer PCB), Iqbal Qasim, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.
Younus and Misbah are made members on the condition of whenever they will be available.
The Terms of Reference (TOR) for the committee are being prepared and will include the selection criteria, the coaching preparation and the team performance.
It will monitor team’s performance in the World T20 and will make its recommendations thereafter, said the PCB Spokesperson.
The committee will be empowered to call any person involved in the team performance.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan has slammed the team’s performance at the Asia Cup but admitted it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World Twenty20 this month.
The 2009 World Twenty20 champions lost to arch-rivals India and hosts Bangladesh, and only managed to beat United Arab Emirates, raising serious doubts about their potential to challenge for the title in the March 8-April 3 tournament.
Shaharyar said everyone from the coach to those involved in the selection process would be held accountable but added there would not be no knee-jerk reaction.
“It wasn’t just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that,” Shaharyar told reporters in Lahore.
“The performance was very poor, other then a few individuals’ performances, but I can assure that accountability is inevitable and whoever is responsible has to answer.
“Changes are important in the electoral process and leadership but we have to sit and think wisely.”
The PCB chairman, who has emphasized the importance of conditioning in the shortest format of the game, said at least three to four players in Shahid Afridi’s team appeared unfit.
The Chairman is already seeking the advice of his cricket advisors including Misbah and Younus, he added.

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