PCB considers major shake-up after T20 World Cup exit

Babar Azam’s captaincy in jeopardy as board considers significant changes following disappointing performance

Saleem Khaliq June 17, 2024


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering sweeping changes to its cricket management structure in response to the national team's dismal performance in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

For the first time in history, Pakistan exited at the group stage, suffering a shocking defeat to the USA and squandering a winning position against India. This poor showing has sparked widespread criticism from fans, media, and former players, who have lambasted both the players and officials.

Stunned by the team’s lacklustre performance, the PCB is now contemplating drastic measures to enhance future outcomes. A major overhaul is on the cards, with at least six players from the current squad expected to be dropped for the next series. Key players will be rested for the forthcoming Test series against Bangladesh, which is seen as a chance for a comprehensive review and reset.

The nine-member selection committee, which includes notable figures such as Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Yousuf, Wahab Riaz, captain Babar Azam, and head coach Gary Kirsten, has faced heavy scrutiny. Officials deem the large committee structure a failure and are considering disbanding it in favour of a smaller, more efficient panel. Current selectors may soon find themselves out of a job.

Babar Azam’s role as captain in the white-ball format is also under threat, with discussions hinting at Mohammad Rizwan as a potential successor. Shan Masood will continue to lead the Test side. No final decision has been made yet.

In addition to leadership changes, the PCB plans to revise the criteria for central contracts, tying them more closely to fitness and performance. This move aims to prioritise performance over reputation, which could see even star cricketers relegated to lower contract categories if they fail to perform. Young players who excel will have the opportunity to rise to the top category. Chairman Mohsin Naqvi intends to resist player pressure that has previously influenced contract negotiations.

The PCB is also reviewing the financial benefits offered to players, intending to cap the number of No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for league participation at two per player. This aims to ensure player availability for national duties and improve the quality of domestic cricket.

Chairman Naqvi and his colleagues will continue to deliberate on these potential changes over the Eid holidays. Several crucial decisions are anticipated post-Eid, including a meeting with Babar Azam to analyse the reasons behind the World Cup failure.

With stricter fitness criteria in place, the PCB intends to bar unfit players from rejoining the squad, signalling a shift towards a more disciplined and performance-driven approach to team selection and management.


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