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Pakistan Cricket Team Faces Major Overhaul After T20 World Cup 2024 Debacle

Pakistan Cricket Team 2024 Overhaul

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is preparing for significant changes following the disappointing performance of Babar Azam and his team in the T20 World Cup 2024.

In a bid to improve future outcomes, the PCB is reverting to its traditional selection committee system. The experimental approach of operating without a chief selector failed to deliver the desired results, culminating in a disastrous World Cup campaign. The Men in Green, runners-up in the 2022 edition, were eliminated before reaching the Super 8 stage this time. Shocking defeats to the United States and arch-rivals India, from a winning position, contributed to their early exit.

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According to a source close to PTI, the PCB plans to reinstate a chief selector supported by two or three selectors, excluding the captain and head coach from selection meetings. Wahab Riaz, part of the previous selection committee, is a potential candidate for the chief selector role, though no official confirmation has been made. Wahab, who had served as chief selector before the system change, was involved in selecting the World Cup squad alongside captain Babar Azam and head coach Gary Kirsten, assisted by data analysts and former cricketers like Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq.

In addition, several players with central contracts may face demotions or be dropped due to poor performances. The PCB is also reviewing other perks awarded to players as part of the overhaul.

A PCB source mentioned, “Players with central contracts are likely to be demoted or dropped due to their poor performances, and other perks will be reassessed.”

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