PCB decides to suspend chief selector, head coach, captain


Ramiz, Wasim given task to find new coach

Observer Report

Lahore—Keeping in view the consistent poor performance of national team in Asia Cup and World Twenty20, the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday decided to dismiss the head coach Waqar Younis, chief selector Haroon Rasheed and captain of Twenty20 Shahid Afridi.
Sources told that PCB management is not satisfied with the duties of head coach, chief selector and T20 captain. They said that the team’s consistent poor play in important tournaments has shattered the cricket fans’ hopes.
Former cricketer Ramiz Raja and star bowler Wasim Akram have been given the task to find new coach for team, whereas, the government has also directed to launch probe into Pakistan’s defeat.
Top PCB figures are, however, at odds over Waqar’s successor.
Pakistan team had constantly shown irresponsible performance in Asia Cup and were pulled out of the tournament after facing humiliating defeat against Bangladesh.
Pakistan recovered from 28-4 to post 129-7, before Bangladesh reached a winning total of 131-5 in 19.1 overs.
Pakistan only managed to win two matches in the Asia Cup.
Talking about the second mega event World Twenty20 , Pakistan were badly routed by old-rival India at Eden Gardens and New Zealand at Mohali.
Shahid Afridi had also hinted towards his retirement, saying the next match may be the last of his career.
In a talk after the World T20 match against New Zealand, Afridi said: “The next match may be the last of my career.
Sources maintain that PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan is in favour of hiring a foreign coach for the national team while Najam Sethi is adamant on a local coach.
The PCB has reportedly approached Islamabad United coach Dean Jones and former Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody.
Aqib Javed is being considered a strong contender among local coaches.
Meanwhile, the cricket board has asked for report from team management over listless batting of Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik during team’s must-win match against New Zealand.
Pakistan lost to New Zealand by 22 runs despite a flying start courtesy Sharjeel Khan’s 47 runs off 24 balls. At one stage, Pakistan needed only eight runs an over, but dismal batting by middle order batsmen led to team’s defeat.

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