Whatever happens, Pakistani cricket consistently manages to garner negative attention. In order to improve the game in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) changed its leadership. However, Najam Sethi’s presidency has prompted some former national players to express their displeasure with the organization’s management style. Pakistan veteran Rashid Latif, on Tuesday, unleashed a stinging attack at the PCB, even claiming that the Pakistan team can now ‘rest in peace’.
Latif made his remarks after the Pakistan Cricket Board named Shadab Khan as the series captain for the T20Is against Afghanistan, resting Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The board was harshly criticised by Latif for excluding Babar and Rashid from the T20 squad for the series.
Babar and Shaheen received ICC awards. They (PCB) were unable to digest it. They promised that we wouldn’t permit it, and now that we are present, we will make decisions. Those who have never taken a break and are now 70 or 80 years old and in need of a break are now making decisions about the future of Pakistani cricket. Rest in peace, Pakistani national soccer team. Rest in peace, our squad,” Latif remarked, according to Cricket Pakistan.
“When you add new players, the team’s dynamic is disrupted. They will bring back the older players with a lower strike rate if some of the newly chosen players perform well in the Afghanistan series. Additionally, pressure from the media
Shadab Khan (C), Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan.
Najam Sethi had said, “I wish to congratulate Shadab Khan on his nomination as the Pakistan team captain for the series against Afghanistan,” following the roster’s release. As Shadab Khan has been Pakistan’s vice-captain in white-ball cricket for the past couple of years, it seems sense that he will lead the team for the brief three-match T20I trip to Sharjah in Babar Azam’s absence.
“We have also selected Mohammad Yousuf as the interim head coach and batting coach for the brief Sharjah tour in order to maintain continuity. Yousuf works for the National High Performance Center and has been a batting coach for the national team since last year.