Debashis Sarangi ∙ Mar 14 2023, 8:15 AM

"Rest In Peace..", Legendary Ex-Cricketer Accuses PCB Of Conspiracy Against Babar Azam

image-lf7yjgrrBabar and Rizwan have been rested for the AFG series [Source: Twitter]

On Monday, PCB announced an 18-member Pakistan squad for their upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan. Besides including some fresh faces, the selectors rested the core players - Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf - for the tour, surprising fans and experts. 

In another notable event, veteran all-rounder Imad Wasim received a recall, with Shadab Khan named Pakistan's captain for the tour. 

Although PCB chairman Mr Najam Sethi clarified that the aforementioned players were informed regarding their exclusion, former captain Rashid Latif came out with all guns blazing, lambasting the selection process. 

As quoted by Cricket Pakistan, Latif slammed the management for tinkering with the settled combination and modifying the leadership group, which he believes would be suicidal for Pakistan cricket. 

Furthermore, the former keeper-batter explained how the board is secretly conspiring against Babar Azam and co. by resting them for the series. 

Here's what Latif stated

"Babar and Shaheen won ICC awards. They [PCB] couldn’t digest it. They said we won’t let it happen and now we are here and will take decisions. You can say rest in peace Pakistan team. Our team is now resting in peace," 

"When you bring new players, you break a team combination. Some new players, who are selected, will perform in the Afghanistan series, so will they bring back the senior players back with lesser strike rate? Media will also put pressure on them. This is the first step towards destroying Pakistan team."

The three-match T20I series between Pakistan and Afghanistan will take place between March 24 to 27 in Sharjah.