The PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman Shaharyar Khan is very disappointed with the Pakistan players’ performances in the ongoing Asia Cup.
In the 2016 Asia Cup, Pakistan lost against India and Bangladesh while they beat UAE after a shaky start chasing a mediocre target of 130 runs. But then a loss against Sri Lanka ensured Pakistan’s ouster from the tournament.
Shaharyar Khan said about the team’s performance, “It wasn’t just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that. The performance was very poor other than few individuals’ performances, but I can assure that accountability is inevitable and whoever is responsible has to answer. Changes are important in the electoral process and leadership but we have to sit and think wisely. We are not going to make anyone a scapegoat or do the witch hunt but whatever we will do, it will be done with clarity.”
Despite many criticisms of Afridi for his recent performances, Shaharyar Khan is standing with the Pakistan T20I skipper. Khan said, “I understand there is a lot of criticism but I am not going to change anything one week before the major tournament in India. Afridi will remain captain; unless he himself pulls out of the job. He has been serving Pakistan from the last 15 years. There are problems in his captaincy which can’t be mended and especially at a time when his career is about to end.”
Yet Shaharyar Khan gave some hint to make changes in the squad before beginning of World T20. Khan commented, “Also, we don’t want to disregard the longest serving players in Pakistan cricket. So, I am not going to push a panic button and take any decision in haste. This is not my style. Some changes you will see will be done before we play our first matches in World T20 and other important changes will be done after the tournament.”