After Pakistan Cricket team’s successfull long series against West Indies, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan has talked about the team’s future plans and PSL in an recent interview.
Veternan Mohammad Hafeeez who has been a regular member in the team, has lost his place recently due to his failure to clear his bowling action. Hafeez’s exclusion from the team at this age left a few questions for his comeback.
Chairman Shaharyar talked about the probability of Hafeez’s getting a chance again in the team. He said that Hafeez’s illegal bowling action led him to be stripped off the status of an all-rounder and he will play as a batsman if he ever got picked for the national side.
Khan said, “Hafeez has requested to be tested in Loughborough, Cardiff and we obliged because he is a senior player of the team. However, if he fails to clear his test once again, it will be extremely difficult for the selection committee to include him in the national side.”
Another concern for Pakistan in near future will be the replacement of the veternan duo, Misbah and Younis in the test team. Misbah is expected to leave his job of captaincy after the series against Australia and New Zealnad. After that that will be a big concern for PCB as he has been so successful.
Shahryar also talked about this situation in his interview. He said, “We haven’t decided who will lead the Test side once Misbah steps down, if the upcoming tours in Australia and New Zealand go well then we can even ask Misbah to continue leading the side for a while.”
PCB chairman further added, “Misbah and Younus Khan have been performing well for Pakistan and are in contention to remain in the side. However, they are nearing their retirements and for the future of the team we must make preparations from now.”
Shahryar talke about the Pakistan Super League (PSL) too as it has entered into its second edition in 2017 and PSL Chairman Najam Sethi had announced earlier that the T20 league would become an independent entity.
PCB chairman revelaed the reason for giving that independency and he said the board itself gave permission for this to happen.
Shahryar Khan laslty said, “The league authorities feel that they will enjoy more freedom as an independent company as they will be able to take administrative decisions on their own. They can certainly do that as long as there are no violations of PCB rules. This decision was made by the Board of Governors.”