Special committee formed to evaluate Asia Cup disaster: PCB

Published: March 4, 2016
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has formed a ‘special committee’ to inspect the team’s poor performance in the 2016 Asia Cup and veteran batsmen Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq have been inducted in it as members.

The committee will be led by cricket committee chairman Shakil Sheikh. Apart from Misbah and Younus two more members will be a part of the committee: Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad and former Pakistan cricketer Iqbal Qasim.

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“The Terms of Reference for the committee are being prepared and will include the selection criteria, the coaching preparation and the team performance,” read a PCB press release. “It will monitor the team’s performance in the World T20 and make its recommendations thereafter.”

Furthermore, the press release by PCB stated: “The committee will be empowered to call any person involved in the team performance. The chairman is already seeking the advice of his cricket advisors, Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan. The special committee will begin functioning immediately.”

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Pakistan were knocked out of the race to play the Asia Cup final after being defeated by hosts Bangladesh on Wednesday. The loss led to public outrage and there were calls to make wholesale changes by axing Afridi, the team management and even the selection committee.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan however threw his weight behind struggling T20 skipper Shahid Afridi, for now, stating that he will lead Pakistan in the World T20 starting this month in India.

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However, the PCB chief said that while changes may eventually be made, there won’t be any kneejerk reactions right now.

“Afridi will lead Pakistan in the World T20 even if I’m told by my advisors Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan to remove him,” said Shaharyar while addressing media at the PCB headquarters in Lahore on Thursday.

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“We are considering Afridi’s captaincy but we can’t act too quickly,” he added. “Afridi has served Pakistan for 15 years and has been a match-winner. Changing the captain right now will be a disgrace for a great stalwart of Pakistan. When I came in as chairman, Afridi said that he wanted to captain the team in the 2016 World T20 and then retire.”

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 4, 2016 - 5:59PM

    Don’t need no special committee. Just need much better and more mature batsmen and a more scientific approach for determining a game plan. Recommend

  • Jeff
    Mar 4, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Changing a failure captancy is a small issue but forcing Younis to retire in the middle of the series is nothing.Recommend

  • MSH
    Mar 4, 2016 - 8:41PM

    Simply kick out Afridi .The national cricket had enough of him.Recommend

  • NHA
    Mar 5, 2016 - 12:56AM

    Afridi is graying & is worn out. He lacks agility and energy. Mere stubbornness is not sufficient to win. The fact that the national morale is sagging because of him, is sufficient a reason for him to go. PCB Chief must know that he might bring the former down with him.Recommend

  • Sam
    Mar 5, 2016 - 1:04AM

    The real problem I see notice is lack of confidence and usage. Case in point, why don’t Afridi bowl with new ball? He used to take lots of wickets. Why Malik only bowls one over her a wicket and doesn’t get to bowl again? Why a junior player is bowling in power play? You should bring him when pressure is not on him. Lots of small mistakes made by leaders. And let’s not talk about professor. He is done. Recommend

  • Effy
    Mar 5, 2016 - 1:15PM

    what has Shahrayar been smoking ? He says removing Afridi will be an insult to him, what about the insult of Pakistan, is Afridi more important tham Pakistans pride, and what about Azhar Mahmood, he says the experiment didnt work, What was he expecting from him as he has been with the team only for 5 days. And waqar has been there for ages and no improvement see. Shaharyaar is a joker.Recommend

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