Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan dropped a bombshell on the nation after the Pakistan teams’ defeat at the hands of India. Speaking to a British media organization the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan told the nation to forget about qualifying for the semi-finals of the ongoing World T20, citing the teams lowly T20I ranking.
In a bizarre statement Shahryar also claimed that Shahid Afridi was only made the captain of the T20I side as he had made a commitment to retire after the T20 World Cup. If the statement is indeed true, then it raises more questions about the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Chairman PCB than it does about Shahid Afridi. Is the criteria for selection to the national team some commitment with the board or is it the performance that decides whether a player should be in the team or not.
On Tuesday after the team’s loss to New Zealand which meant that the team edges even closer to exit from World T20, Pakistan coach publicly chastised Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal and held them responsible for the teams defeat. At a time when the team is still alive in the tournament such statements are nothing less than criminal and put our already slim chances of making it to semi-finals even more bleak.
The rumours of alleged grouping in the team have also started to gain momentum. The performance and the utterly shambolic behavior of the Board and the team management are simply unacceptable. It is time that the Prime Minister personally takes notice of the situation and save the country from more embarrassment in one of the few sports the country is good at.
It is time that the Prime Minister himself takes notices of the disastrous state of affairs at PCB.