PCB chief slams Pak’s `painful` performance in Asia Cup

Johannesburg : Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has slammed his side’s disappointing performance in the ongoing Asia Cup T20 and also hinted at making sweeping changes in the management system ahead of the World T20 in India.

Pakistan were knocked out of the Asia Cup after suffering a humiliating five-wicket defeat at the hands of hosts Bangladesh on Wednesday. The Shahid Afridi-led side also suffered a defeat against fierce rivals India in their opening match.

Labelling Pakistan’s performance as ‘painful,’ Shaharyar insisted that everyone who was involved in the selection process would be held accountable for his side’s disappointing display, Sport24 reported.

The 81-year-old also stressed the importance of changes in the electoral process and leadership, adding that the board had to think over the matter wisely.

Earlier, Pakistan selectors included fast bowler Mohammad Sami and batsman Sharjeel Khan in the World T20 squad following the dismissal of Babar Azam and Rumman Raes due to injuries.

Shaharyar, however, did not rule out the possible changes in the squad in the coming future.

Shaharyar also expressed his views on Shahid Afridi’s desire to continue as a skipper after the T20 pinnacle event, saying that the former would continue to lead Pakistan and would not be forced to retire unless he himself pulls out of the job.

The ICC World T20 is slated to be held from March 8, with Pakistan likely to play their opening match against the hosts in Dharamsala if they get clearance from the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh about the appropriate security to their players. (ANI)