15 Jun 2024

Cricket: Babar Azam To Be Dropped After T20 World Cup 2024 Debacle? Is PCB Gearing Up For Major Overhaul?

The Pakistan cricket team has faced significant embarrassment at the T20 World Cup 2024, failing to advance beyond the first round for the first time in its history. This dismal performance has sparked outrage among Pakistanis, who are calling for severe measures against the players, selectors, and a complete overhaul of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team's unexpected defeat to the USA, followed by a painful loss to India, left Pakistan's hopes hanging by a thread.

Pakistan's slim chance of progressing depended on the USA losing to Ireland and other favorable match outcomes. However, rain interfered, causing the USA vs. Ireland match to be abandoned. This turn of events sealed Pakistan's fate, leaving them to return home in disgrace.

A reliable source in the board said that some officials and former players had advised PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi to reassess the central contracts given to the players during his predecessor Zaka Ashraf’s tenure.

“There could be a reassessment of the central contracts and the players could find their salaries, fees being cut if the Chairman decides to react strongly to the team’s recent woeful performances,” the source said.

The Babar Azam-led side had put up sub par performances in the Asia Cup and World Cup (50 overs) last year as well.

“Nothing is final as yet but yes this strong measure has been discussed within the board with the Chairman,” the source added.

'All these players should be removed'

The team's early exit has left fans angry and deeply disappointed. "All these players should be removed," said an irate Islamabad resident. "The players, selectors, coaches – they all need to go, and a new system should replace them." 

The resident criticized the alleged favoritism among certain players and the captain, Babar Azam, accusing them of undermining the team. "These players receive hefty monthly salaries from the PCB but manipulate the board and selectors to keep their favored players while ignoring talented newcomers, even those who excelled in the Pakistan Super League (PSL)."

Former players condemn lobbying within the team

Former players and commentators have also voiced their frustration, condemning the continued lobbying within the team. "These players should be sent back to the domestic circuit for at least two years before even thinking about rejoining the national team," said former opening batsman Ahmed Shahzad. 

'Careers of hardworking domestic players ruined'

"This 'group of four' has sabotaged the careers of hardworking domestic players who consistently perform well but are relegated to the dressing room when selected for the national team. This must stop."

The disappointment among cricket fans is palpable. They criticized the players for their poor performances, captain Babar Azam for his lack of leadership, and the selectors for overlooking young talents who were left on the sidelines as the team was eliminated.

Major decisions are expected

In response to the public outcry, the PCB is preparing for a comprehensive review and overhaul of the team's performance. Major decisions are expected in the coming days, with PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi hinting at a significant shake-up. 

"Major surgery is required in the team," Naqvi stated, suggesting that the cancellation of central contracts for key players, including Babar Azam and other senior members, is on the horizon.

The PCB's anticipated actions underscore the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for reform. The organization's moves will be closely watched as fans and analysts await decisive changes aimed at rebuilding the team's credibility and performance on the international stage.

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