Wahab Riaz breaks his silence after getting sacked by PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has initiated a shake-up of its cricketing structure following the national team’s disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup 2024 group stage. The move sees former fast bowler Wahab Riaz relieved of his duties as a national selector.

Early Exit Sparks Overhaul

Pakistan’s failure to progress from Group A, with losses to India and a surprising defeat to the USA, prompted the PCB to take decisive action. Chairman Mohsin Naqvi emphasized the need for an overhaul, with Wahab Riaz becoming the first casualty in this effort. His dismissal, along with that of fellow selector Abdul Razzaq, signifies the PCB’s intent to implement significant reforms.

Riaz Maintains Integrity Despite Removal

Reacting to his removal on social media, Riaz expressed his disappointment while maintaining his professionalism. He acknowledged his commitment to the role, highlighting his dedication and the collaborative nature of the selection process. He also emphasized his support for head coach Gary Kirsten and the team’s future endeavors.

Internal Investigation Points to Irregularities

Reports suggest that an internal PCB investigation uncovered potential irregularities in selection decisions made by the seven-member committee that included Riaz and Razzaq. Feedback from the touring party, including the team manager, coach, and potentially captain Babar Azam, is also believed to have played a role in the PCB’s decision.

PCB’s Revolving Door of Selectors

The PCB has witnessed frequent changes in its selection committee leadership, with six different chief selectors appointed in the past four years. Riaz joins Haroon Rashid, Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Wasim, and Misbah-ul-Haq on the list of individuals who have held this position in recent times.

Looking Ahead: Will the Reforms Bear Fruit?

Only time will tell if the PCB’s decision to revamp the selection process will yield positive results. Pakistan cricket fans will be eagerly awaiting signs of improvement as the team prepares for upcoming challenges.

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