Major Surgery: PCB Sacks Wahab Riaz, Abdul Razzaq

Wed Jul 10 2024
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LAHORE:  The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sacked selectors Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq following the team’s disappointing T20 World Cup campaign last month.

Pakistan lost to tournament debutants and co-hosts US before crashing out in the group stage of the tournament.  “The PCB has notified Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz that their services will no longer be required in the national selection committee setup,” the PCB said. Adbul Razzaq was a member of both the men’s and women’s selection committee.

Wahab Riaz remained the face of the men’s seven-member selection committee even following the former cricketer was removed as panel chief earlier.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi had pledged major changes in the wake of the team’s performances at the T20 World Cup.

After the team’s six-run loss against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup last month, he came down heavily on the team management and stated the Babar Azam-led side needs “major surgery”.

“I thought the team needed minor surgery to start winning matches but now it seems that we have to go for major surgery,” the PCB chief was quoted as saying by the Pakistani media in New York at the time.

He had said it was very disappointing the way they lost to the United States and now this loss to India. He was of the view that they needed to now start looking at players beyond those in the team right now.

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