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PCB Sacks Selection Committee, Considers Coaching Staff Overhaul

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to terminate the services of the entire selection committee after Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the 2023 World Cup. The PCB has also announced that it will conduct a thorough review of the coaching staff and their roles in the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals.

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf will hold an emergency meeting with former captain Younis Khan to finalize the decision and announce the new selection committee. The meeting is expected to take place in the next few days.

The selection committee, headed by former Test cricketer and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, has been widely criticized for making questionable choices and dropping key players before and during the World Cup. Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned from his position as Pakistan’s chief selector due to allegations of a potential 'conflict of interest’ during the tournament. The committee included Tauseef Ahmed, Wajahatullah Wasti, and Wasim Haider.

The coaching staff, led by head coach Grant Bradburn, is also under fire for failing to prepare the team adequately and devise effective strategies against the opponents. The coaching staff comprises of batting coach Andrew Puttick, bowling coach Morne Morkel, fielding coach Aftab Khan, assistant coach Abdul Rehman and team director Mickey Arthur.

The PCB sources have revealed that the board is not satisfied with the performance and contribution of the foreign coaches, especially Morkel, who resigned from his post yesterday after being appointed on a six-month contract earlier this year. The board is also considering replacing Arthur, who has been working remotely from South Africa and has not travelled with the team for important tournaments and tours.

The PCB is likely to appoint former fast bowler Umar Gul as the new bowling coach, as he has already served as the interim bowling coach for the Pakistan team during the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The board is also looking for suitable candidates for the other coaching roles, preferably from the domestic circuit or the former players.

The PCB chairman has expressed his disappointment and frustration over the team’s performance in the World Cup, where Pakistan won only four matches out of nine and finished fifth in the points table. He has vowed to take strict action and make necessary changes to improve the team’s performance and restore the fans’ confidence.

Pakistan’s next assignment is a challenging tour of Australia in December-January, where they will play three Test matches and three ODIs. The PCB will try to finalize the new selection committee and the coaching staff before the tour, and also announce the captain for all three formats. Babar Azam, who is currently the captain in all formats, is facing scrutiny over his leadership skills and batting form.

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