Overhaul in PCB – National selection committee sacked amidst World Cup disappointment: Reports

NEW DELHI: In the aftermath of Pakistan’s disappointing performance at the ongoing ICC World Cup in India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken decisive action by dismissing the entire national selection committee, according to reports. The move follows a series of setbacks for the Babar Azam-led team, raising concerns and sparking a major shake-up in the cricket board.
The crisis within the PCB intensified as Pakistan faced consecutive losses after a promising start to the World Cup campaign.Speculations had been circulating regarding the possible removal ofBabar Azam from the white-ball captaincy, adding to the turbulence surrounding the team.
The pivotal figure in the selection committee, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, had already resigned on Monday, citing allegations of a conflict of interest linked to the team’s lacklustre performance. The departure of bowling coach Morne Morkel further exacerbated the situation, signalling a need for comprehensive changes within the coaching staff.
Latest reports indicate that team director Mickey Arthur, head coach Grant Bradburn, and batting coach Andrew Puttick are facing potential removal as part of the overhaul. Insider information suggests a shift towards hiring domestic coaches for the national team, indicating a strategic move by the PCB to instil fresh perspectives and strategies.
In a notable development, Shahid Afridi is reportedly poised to take charge of the selection committee, bringing his wealth of cricketing experience to the forefront. Additionally, former cricketer Younis Khan is anticipated to join as the team’s batting coach, adding further depth to the coaching staff.

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The sweeping changes within the PCB reflect a commitment to reevaluate the team’s strategy, management, and coaching structures. As Pakistan look to navigate through the challenges posed by the World Cup disappointment, the upcoming appointments will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the national cricket team.
(With inputs from IANS)


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