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Pakistan Likely To Fire Foreign Coaches In Aftermath Of World Cup Disaster

image-loy6n8xqMorne Morkel has resigned from his post (AP Photo)

Chaos gripped Pakistan cricket moments after Babar Azam and Co. suffered four losses in a row during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. Despite commencing the tournament as a favourite and on a winning note, Pakistan failed to capitalize on the momentum and subsequently witnessed a humiliating exit.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is under immense pressure to take action in the aftermath of the debacle. Before the league stages concluded, the board released a statement confirming its intentions of reviewing the team's World Cup campaign while looking out for solutions simultaneously.

Besides deciding on Babar Azam's fate as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, PCB is likely to overhaul the coaching supporting staff, which is heavily dominated by foreign entities.

Samaa TV, Pakistan's popular news channel, reported that PCB chief Zaka Ashraf will hold an emergency meeting with former Pakistan legendary pacer Waqar Younis on Tuesday. 

That being said, reviewing the performance of foreign coaching sets will likely be one of the key agendas of the meeting. Samaa TV went on to claim that Pakistan head coach Grant Bradburn, team director Mickey Arthur, and batting coach Andrew Puttick are likely to be dismissed with immediate effect. It's important to note that bowling coach Morne Morkel already resigned a couple of days ago.

All these foreign faces were reinstated earlier this year after the formation of a new PCB committee. While Arthur offered his services virtually owing to prior professional commitments with county cricket, Morkel, along with the rest of the pack, has been with the team since June this year.

The recent chain of events is a result of Pakistan's humiliating and disappointing World Cup campaign. They lost four matches in a row, including one against Afghanistan, and finished fifth in the points table with a mere 8 points on board. 

The former no.1 ranked ODI team failed to qualify for the Asia Cup finals held earlier this year and now got kicked out of the knockout stages of the ODI World Cup for the second time in a row.