PCB Cricket Committee allowed Misbah and Waqar a yet another life and here is an update on what happened during the important meeting.
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PCB Cricket Committee Backs The Team Management!
PCB Cricket Committee under the chairmanship of former Test wicketkeeper Saleem Yousuf completed its first meeting for the ongoing year, yesterday. Umar Gul, Wasim Akram and Urooj Mumtaz were also part of the proceedings.
Following the meeting then Saleem Yousuf has been quoted by mainstream media houses as saying, “The PCB Cricket Committee carried out a holistic but constructive, fact-based and objective review of the Pakistan men’s cricket team in the past 16 months. There is no denying the fact that we all want to see our side ranked amongst the top three or four cricket playing nations and our recent performances do justice with neither those expectations nor the talent we boast.
“Nevertheless, we also need to take into consideration a number of other factors and the committee was of the view that cricket during the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the biggest contributing factors in the side’s dismal performances. The challenges of playing in Covid-19 protocols have not only been faced by the Pakistan men’s national team, but by all the sides presently involved in international cricket and these concerns have been regularly raised by the team coaches and elite cricketers.
“All professional and high-performing athletes require an environment where they can prepare their best for the international stage, which was not the case for the last two tours and most definitely not at the last tour where players had been confined to their rooms for two weeks due to the policies of that particular Covid-free country.
“As a consequence, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Shadab Khan were unavailable for Test selections after Fakhar Zaman had missed the flight on the day of the departure. These big loses affected the team combinations that, in turn, resulted in the side’s overall below-par performance against a side that remained unbeaten in the past two-and-a-half years.
“Notwithstanding these disadvantages, the PCB Cricket Committee strongly believes team selections and choice of players in the playing line-ups should have been made better. The committee also believes more scientific and data based work needed to be done on the players with improved communication to not only prepare them for the bigger challenges but by also identifying players who can back their performances with other capability trades in a high-competitive environment on a consistent basis.
“With the important home series against South Africa only two weeks away, the PCB Cricket Committee will conduct another review after the conclusion of the same. However, it has already been relayed to the team management that there will be no points for second place.”
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“No Points for Second Place”, Warning Issued!
While the committee has backed PCB’s decision to back the team management; the “No points for second place” line certainly comes down as a stern warning and clearly leaves Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis with no other choice but to either deliver during the home series against South Africa or face the possibility of being sacked!