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Pakistan's performance was painful to watch - Shahryar Khan

Pakistan's performance was painful to watch - Shahryar Khan
Shahryar Khan has promised sweeping changes after the ICC World T20 tournament.
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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan stated that it was a painful experience to see Pakistan underperform in the 2016 Asia Cup where they have failed to qualify for the final.

Pakistan began the tournament with the game against India where there were bowled out for just 83 runs and eventually lost by five wickets.

After a convincing win against the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan went on to lose the match against Bangladesh, who chased down the target of 130 runs in 19.1 overs.

With the five-wicket win, Bangladesh knocked Pakistan out of the tournament and managed to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup and will play India on the 6th of March. 

Khan feels that except the performance of a few individuals, the Pakistan team performed below par and demanded accountability from the players.

“It wasn’t just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that,” Khan said.

“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.” 

There have been criticisms about the captaincy of Shahid Afridi, who has not been in the best of form in recent times.

Since 2015, Afridi has averaged 12.35 with the bat while picking up just 12 wickets at an average of 33.41 from the 16 Twenty20 Internationals he has played for Pakistan.

Khan admits that there are issues related with the captaincy of Afridi but he has ruled out making any changes so close to the 2016 ICC World T20. 

However, the PCB chairman hinted at a few changes ahead of the mega-event while also promising major changes after the completion of the tournament.

“I understand there is a lot of criticism but I am not going to change anything one week before the major tournament in India,” Khan said.

“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 be end.

“Also, we don’t want to disregard the longest serving players of 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.” 

Khurram Manzoor’s selection for the ICC World T20 was not met with universal support and Khan has indicated that the 29-year-old’s position in the squad will be scrutinised due to his failure in the Asia Cup.

“It (selection of Khurram Manzoor) wasn’t an unfair call but I did show my reservation.

“Haroon Rashid made his point that Khurram is the best they have for the opening slot as there is no alternative.

“I was told that he was in form and has scored enough runs for Pakistan A team but eventually he failed at the top.

“But I can assure you that ahead of the World T20 there will be changes in selection as we will have time to change.”

After their final game in the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka, Pakistan will play two warm-up matches in Kolkata before the first game of the ICC World T20 against the qualifying team from Group A.

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