Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed displeasure over the team selection and was dissatisfied with Pakistan’s preparation for the forthcoming World Cup 2019.
PM Khan made these remarks during a meeting with the PCB delegation led by Chairman Ehsan Mani.
The delegation met PM Khan to brief him about the steps taken for the betterment of cricket in the country and to seek approvals of the new cricket structure in the country.
“Don’t brief me about cricket, I have grown old playing cricket in Pakistan,” Khan responded to Haroon Rasheed’s briefing.
He was unhappy with the current team selection committee and urged the committee to come out of “compromises” to select a compatible team.
“Next time the [team] selection should be better,” Khan said, adding that Pakistan should send a well-prepared unit in the World Cup.
PCB’s boss assured Prime Khan, who also happens to be the patron-in-chief of the PCB, of doing a better job in terms of team selection in the future.
The premier also congratulated PCB boss Ehsan Mani for successfully hosting eight matches of the PSL 4 successfully in Pakistan and announced that preparations for organizing the whole season of PSL 5 in Pakistan would start soon.
With no official details available to the meeting, his remarks seem to be aimed at the team management’s decision to drop the permanent captain ahead of the mega event on account of ‘resting’.
The team management, including the coach and chief selector Inzimam-ul-Haq, dropped six key players from the squad for their series five-match ODI series against Australia in the UAE, including the skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.
Sources acquainted with the matter said Sarfraz was initially was not in favor of the decision and wanted to lead the team against Aussies, but Inzimam had to talk him out of it.