Wahab Riaz, Abdul Razzaq sacked by PCB


Following Pakistan's disappointing performance in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi removing Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq from their roles in the selection committee.

LAHORE: Following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi removing Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq from their roles in the selection committee.

The decision to dismiss Riaz and Razzaq stemmed from their association with player selections that did not meet expectations, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Meanwhile, Naqvi expressed confidence in the capabilities of Muhammad Yusuf and Asad Shafiq, signaling that they would retain their positions under the new committee structure.

According to sources, the step was necessary to uphold “meritocracy” and ensure accountability within the PCB. The PCB chairman’s actions hints a a complete reorganisation of Pakistan’s cricket infrastructure, including the formation of a new selection committee in the near future.

More changes are expected as Naqvi had hinted at ‘major surgery’ in the cricketing structure after the Pakistan team’s disappointing performance in the T20 international campaign.

It was reported that the PCB had lost confidence in Wahab and Razzaq due to their excessive influence in the selection process, backing players who did not perform well in the T20 World Cup.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi held meetings, including discussions with Pakistan’s white-ball coach Gary Kirsten and red-ball coach Jason Gillespie, to formulate a comprehensive plan aimed at improving the team’s batting, bowling, and fielding.

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Naqvi also engaged with over two dozen former and current Pakistani cricketers to gather insights into the future of cricket in the country.

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