Pakistan Cricket Board’s divide-and-rule policy will not work against ‘united’ team: Rashid Latif | Cricket News

KARACHI: Former Pakistan Test captain Rashid Latif has accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (pcb) to try to create a division within the national team, and said that their designs would not work against a “united” team.
Reports suggest that Captain Babar Azam And Mohammad Rizwanamong others, were ordered to take a break from the T20I three-game series against Afghanistan starting in Sharjah on March 24, against their wishes.
PCB head coach Haroon Rasheed is expected to announce the T20 squad for the series in Sharjah on Monday, with several new players likely to be given the nod.
Word so far was that pace spearhead Shaheen Afridi would lead the team in Babar’s absence. But apparently the big left-arm fast thrower is also not in the order of things now as either coaches told him he would be rested or he himself was unreceptive to the captaincy offer .
Latif, a former wicket-keeper, said it would be unwise for the PCB to try to initiate a divide-and-rule policy in the Pakistani squad.
“The word is that initially Babar and Rizwan had protested after being transported they should take a break but they have now told the board (PCB) that they are available and the selectors can make their decision. “, said Latif.
Latif said he hasn’t seen a more united group of players in the Pakistani dressing room.
“I don’t think the council’s efforts (to replace senior players for the Afghanistan series) will be successful because those players will stick together. And if we end up losing the series to Afghanistan, the council and selectors will face to a backlash they wouldn’t have been able to handle,” he added.
“I think they (PCB) feel there is power in the team but I tell you the current players are very united. Whether it’s Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi, Muhammad Rizwan or others, they will not be divided.”
Latif said the way forward for coaches is to try new players but the Babar should continue to lead the team in all formats.
Interestingly, Babar and Shaheen skipped the final round of Pakistan Super League (PSL) games for their franchises on Sunday despite being captains of their teams.


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