Wasim Khan, the CEO of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has denied claims that national team captain Babar Azam is unhappy with the group chosen for the T20 World Cup next month.
Mohammad Wasim, the chief selector, named the roster for the forthcoming home series against New Zealand and England, as well as the World Cup, on Monday. Critics slammed the 15-man roster for what they considered unjustified selection of non-performers and snubbing of veteran players.
Following the announcement, various news outlets reported, citing anonymous sources, that Azam was “disappointed” that he had not been considered for the squad’s composition.
The PCB’s top executive today dismissed the reports, calling them “factually false” and emphasizing that the team captain was “totally behind” the designated team.
“It has come to our attention that factually erroneous reports about the Pakistan national squad’s surroundings are circulating “In a press release on the PCB website, Wasim is mentioned.
“The squad for the upcoming international missions has been named, and our captain, Babar Azam, is totally supportive of the decision.
“On Tuesday afternoon, some of the players met with Mr. Ramiz Raja, a former Pakistan captain and member of the PCB Board of Governors, for a constructive and pleasant discussion about the type of cricket that has to be played in the next series and beyond.
“It is critical that we rally behind the group as a whole so that they have the stability, support, and focus they require ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup next month.”
The World T20 tournament begins on September 17. Pakistan presently has no full-time coaching staff, since head coach Misbah ul Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis abruptly left hours after the roster was announced on Monday.
Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq have been assigned interim command in their absence.