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PCB Forms New National Selection Committee After Sacking Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq

Wahab and Razzaq got sacked by PCB [X]
Wahab and Razzaq got sacked by PCB [X]

To breathe new life into the national cricket team, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a risk by appointing a new selection committee.

This initiative follows Pakistan's disappointing performance in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, where the team did not advance beyond the group stage.

PCB Revamps National Selection Committee

The newly constituted five-member committee features former cricket legends Mohammad Yousuf and Asad Shafiq. Esteemed coaches Jason Gillespie and Gary Kirsten also join the panel, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The men's white-ball and red-ball squad captains, Shan Masood and Babar Azam, will also be crucial players in the selection process.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday morning confirmed the development in an official statement, saying 'It has notified Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz that their services will no longer be required in the national selection committee set up.”

With this pronouncement, PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has initiated a significant reform to overcome the recent deficiencies.

The committee's immediate task is to select the squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Bangladesh, set to take place in Pakistan next month.

Before the final choices are made, those who are invited to the training camp will go through a thorough fitness evaluation.

Significantly, Bilal Afzal will not be part of the new selection committee and will instead assume a new role within the PCB. Data analyst Hassan Cheema and Director of International Cricket Usman Wahla are also excluded from the committee.

This strategic move by the PCB aims to inject fresh perspectives and renewed energy into the team. With experienced cricketers and coaches on board, fans are optimistic about improved performances in future matches.