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Zaka Ashraf Blames Previous PCB Management for Players’ Asia Cup Fatigue

Zaka Ashraf, the head of the Interim Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has attributed the national team’s poor performance in the recently concluded Asia Cup to the previous board management. He accused them of allowing players to participate in league cricket, which he believes led to fatigue before their national duty.

Ashraf made these remarks during a meeting convened to assess the team’s performance in the Asia Cup. The team suffered significant losses to India and Sri Lanka, leading to their exit from the tournament. The meeting was attended by national coaching staff under Mickey Arthur, captain Babar Azam, vice-captain Shadab Khan, and former captains Misbahul Haq and Mohammad Hafeez.

The discussion covered a wide range of topics, including recent team performance, player fitness, and future plans. The aim was to identify areas of improvement and devise strategies to enhance the team’s overall capabilities.

Ashraf stated that the philosophy behind the review was to foster an environment of open discussion and consensus-building. He emphasized the need for a proactive approach to manage players’ workload and prioritize national duty.

The PCB Interim Management Committee head expressed confidence that the experience gained in the Asia Cup would serve as a learning curve for the upcoming ICC Men’s World Cup. He affirmed that the Pakistan team had the capability to compete and win at the highest level and assured that they would be provided with all necessary support and resources ahead of the mega event.

The World Cup squad has been finalized by chief selector Inzamamul Haq and will be announced at a press conference at 11:15 am on Friday at Gaddafi Stadium. The World Cup is scheduled to take place from October 5 to November 19 in India. Pakistan’s opening match in the tournament is set for October 6 against the Netherlands in Hyderabad, while their much-anticipated match against arch-rivals India will take place in Ahmedabad on October 14.

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