NewsPCB sends two selectors home after T20 World Cup debacle

PCB sends two selectors home after T20 World Cup debacle

In what are the initial aftershocks of Pakistan’s horrendous group stage exit from last month’s T20 World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board has sacked Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz from the men’s national selection committee, multiple sources confirmed to Grassroots Cricket.

Razzaq and Riaz were part of the seven-member chairperson-less men’s national selection committee that also included former Test players Mohammad Yousuf and Asad Shafiq, a data analyst, the team’s head coach, and the team captain.

Razzaq and Riaz were serving multiple roles at the PCB with the former also a member of the women’s national selection committee and the latter the senior manager of the national men’s side. A PCB source confirmed to Grassroots Cricket that the pair has been sacked from those roles as well.*

They, however, were not the only cricketers in the selection committee to have dual roles in the PCB. Yousuf is the head coach of the national U19 side, and Shafiq, like Razzaq, is a member of the national women’s selection committee.

Mohsin Naqvi, the incumbent PCB chairperson, had formed this selection committee set-up in late March. Initially a five-member panel with the national side’s captain and coach undecided, Naqvi had given unprecedented powers to the selection committee to pick a captain two months out of the T20 World Cup.

This was Razzaq’s and Riaz’s second term as men’s national selectors. Razzaq was appointed as a member of the selection committee during Najam Sethi’s tenure as head of an ad-hoc interim committee in December 2022. Riaz headed the selection committee in Zaka Ashraf’s time as the head of another ad-hoc interim management committee, which succeeded Sethi’s.

* The story was updated on Wednesday evening to reflect that Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz have also been sacked from their women’s selection committee and men’s team’s senior manager’s roles.

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