PCB plans major shake-up after T20 World CupBreaking

June 11, 2024

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to make significant changes to the national team following the T20 World Cup. In this extensive overhaul, some players and members of the national selection committee will be dismissed based on their performances in the T20 World Cup and previous series. Former Test fast bowler Wahab Riaz is among those likely to be dropped, with the National Selection Committee suggesting his removal. Speaking to the media in New York on Monday, Mohsin Naqvi stated that the national team needs "major surgery, not minor surgery." Sources indicate that changes will be made based on reports from captain Babar Azam, head coach Gary Kirsten, senior manager Wahab Riaz, and stunt coach Azhar Mehmood, as well as a report from former director Muhammad Hafeez.

Hafeez has criticized players for prioritizing money over teamwork and performance. Hafeez's report, which gained significance after the tours of Australia and New Zealand, suggests that Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, and Imad Wasim are at risk of being dropped after the World Cup. Sources also reveal that a group of three senior players in the Pakistan team has been blackmailing PCB officials on behalf of their agent. A few months ago, these players pressured the PCB for higher central contract remunerations, which were subsequently increased. It is notable that all three players share the same manager. Shadab Khan, closely associated with these three players, might also be released unless he performs exceptionally well in the World Cup, which could secure his place in the team.

Credit: Independent News Pakistan