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PCB dismisses national selection committee

PCB dismisses national selection committee
Pakistan's performances in Asia Cup and ICC World T20 has come under heavy scrutiny.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has dismissed the national selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed after the Pakistan team’s poor show in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

With the solitary win over Bangladesh in the tournament, Pakistan were knocked out of the World T20 following their defeats to India, Australia and New Zealand after which the PCB formed a five-man committee to investigate the dismal performance.

In a scathing report submitted by head coach Waqar Younis, he had heavily criticised the selection panel headed by Rasheed and also the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.

On Monday, Younis resigned from the position of head coach, a day later Afridi announced his decision to step down from T20 captaincy.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo, PCB will be assisted by former cricketers Ramiz Raza and Wasim Akram in the selection of the next head coach while they are also expected to make an announcement on the T20 captain shortly.

PCB chairman, Shahryar Khan, thanked the special committee for the report and said the drastic decisions had to be taken for the betterment of the Pakistan cricket.

"I am thankful to the Special Committee for presenting their detailed report which had important recommendations that I am pleased to accept," Khan said.

"While the decision on selection committee, coaches and T20 captain was a tough one, in the interest of Pakistan cricket we have now taken the above steps to address the decline in our cricket.”

Khan also thanked Afridi, Younis and Rasheed for their contribution to Pakistan cricket, but also added that the time has come for PCB to move forward.

"I am thankful to Waqar Younis, Shahid Afridi and selection committee headed by Haroon Rasheed for the services they provided to Pakistan cricket in the past and wish them all good luck in their future endeavours.

“PCB has not sought scapegoats or played the blame game.

“PCB recognises the need for honest introspection. It is now time to move forward for betterment of cricket."

Apart from the poor performance in World T20, Pakistan struggled in the Asia Cup tournament as well where they failed to reach the final after defeats against India and Bangladesh.

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