Circus starts again in Pakistan cricket, Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq are out

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sacked two members of the selection committee after the disappointing performance of the Pakistan cricket team in the T20 World Cup 2024.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken a big action after the team's poor performance in the T20 World Cup 2024 and has sacked Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq from the Senior National Selection Committee. In the T20 World Cup held in West Indies and USA, Pakistan's team was eliminated from the group stage after losing to USA and India. In such a situation, big actions were expected from the PCB and now those actions are seen coming into effect.

Former Pakistan star all-rounder Abdul Razzaq served in both the men's and women's national selection setups, while Wahab also served as the chief selector of the men's team before becoming a member of the seven-member committee a few months ago. There has been no chief selector in the committee during this period.

According to a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC), “Pakistan has confirmed the restructuring of the selection committee and details about its composition will be announced shortly.”

Wahab, who played in three World Cups for Pakistan, also served as the manager of the senior team during the recent T20 World Cup tour of the USA. As of 2020, the PCB has six high-profile selectors with Wahab, Mohammad Wasim, Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Haroon Rashid and Misbah-ul-Haq being selected in different and brief tenures.

The remaining five selection committee members of the current set-up are the head coach (Gary Kirsten for ODIs and T20s; Jason Gillespie for Tests), captain Babar Azam, Mohammad Yousuf, Asad Shafiq and data analyst Bilal Afzal. Pakistan are scheduled to host Bangladesh for a two-match Test series starting in August. They will also host England for three Tests before embarking on limited-overs tours of Australia, Zimbabwe and South Africa later this year.

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