After Asia Cup exit, miffed Shaharyar Khan promises changes in Pakistan squad for World Twenty20

The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Thursday promised changes in their national squad before the start of 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2016, 20:27 PM IST
After Asia Cup exit, miffed Shaharyar Khan promises changes in Pakistan squad for World Twenty20

New Delhi: The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Thursday promised changes in their national squad before the start of 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

After Pakistan's embarrassing defeat to Bangladesh yesterday, which also ended their Asia Cup campaign, a miffed Shaharyar said: "I assure their will be changes in the national team before the World Cup begins because accountability is necessary for the continuing poor performance of the team in ODIs and T20 cricket."

Shahid Afridi & Co. will play India, once again, in their tournament opener on March 19 at Dharamsala. On Saturday, India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a Asia Cup round-robing match.

A report in PTI claimed that a reliable sources confirmed the agency that Shaharyar had began deliberations with number of people to access how to halt the poor show of the team.

"He has also spoken to Pakistan's test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on phone and also invited Younis Khan for a meeting as both are his advisors on cricket matters," PTI quoted a source.

And deliberations are expected to start as early as Friday.

Repercussions of the exit from the continental tournament, and also the defeat to arch-rivals India is already reverberated through Pakistan with many slamming the selectors and also the skipper.

"Common public feels lets down, and we also feel the same. But we don't want to look for scapegoats to explain the defeats. But we are also aware changes are necessary now," Shaharyar said without elaborating who would be changed in the team.

"I can assure there will not be a witch-hunt and there will be no scapegoat but it is a fact that the people have been let down by the team and management," he added.

Former players like Shoaib Akhtar, Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf, Rashid Latif , Mohsin Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz were critical of the dismal batting against Bangladesh.

Pakistani fans also hold mock funeral for the national team.

(With Agency inputs)