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Pakistan Cricket Board has become angry as Afridi’s captaincy error played a part in Pakistan’s defeat against arch nemesis India at the Eden Gardens on March 19 in the ICC World T20 2016. Pakistan lost the match to India by a huge margin of six wickets and 13 balls. Now, after this humiliation at the hand of India, PCB hinted that they would sack Afridi and coach Waqar Younis irrespective of the team’s performance in the remainder of the tournament.
“There is clear discontent in the Board about Afridi and his performances and captaincy and even if he decides against retiring after the World T20, the board will not retain him as captain any longer and even his days as a player are ending now,” a Pakistan Cricket Board source said.
“The Board is also privately not happy with the media statements of Afridi and believe it is time to move on,” he said.
Sources told PTI that PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has indicated even the current selection committee could be disbanded after the World T20.
“No matter whether Pakistan reaches the semi-finals or even wins the title the selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed is on its way out,” one source confided.
He said the inquiry committee formed by the board to probe into the performance of the team in the Asia Cup had already held three meetings and they expressed discontent with the performance of the selectors and management.
In one of the meetings, the committee members questioned chief selectors Haroon Rashid and the other selectors Saleem Jaffer, Azhar Khan and Kabir Khan separately.
“What emerged was that some of the selectors complained Haroon kept them isolated from some key decisions while the chief selector blamed the captain and coach for some of the players selected in recent times,” the source said.
He said that the board was also contemplating to appoint a new coach and would not extend Waqar Younis’s contract it expires before the tour to England in summer.
“Initially the plan was to extend Waqar’s contract till the England tour but now this seems unlikely and there is a discussion going on about having a foreign coach or a local one,” another source disclosed.
Pakistan’s former pacer Aaqib Javed who has worked as a coach with the national under-19 and A teams and was also the bowling coach of the senior team is tipped to replace Waqar if the PCB does not opt for a foreigner.