Asia Cup 2016: Was painful watching Pakistan play, says PCB chief Shaharyar Khan

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi who drew a lot of flak for his captaincy will remain as skipper for T20 WC.

Asia Cup 2016: Was painful watching Pakistan play, says PCB chief Shaharyar Khan

New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said that the poor performance of the national team in the ongoing Asia Cup Twenty20 in Bangladesh was painful for him to watch.

Pakistan finished third in the Asia Cup and won two of their four games. A loss to India and Bangladesh overshadowed the consolation victory they got against Sri Lanka on Friday apart from a victory against minnows United Arab Emirates earlier.

Khan said it wasn't just a matter disappointment but it was a painful experience.

"It wasn't just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that," Shaharyar said.

The PCB chief also hinted that there could be changes in the side ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 starting from March 8 in India.

"Some changes you will see will be done before we play our first matches in World T20 and other important changes will be done after the tournament."

He lamented the performances and said all actions will be done with clarity.

"The performance was very poor other then few individuals' performances, but I can assure that accountability is inevitable and whoever is responsible has to answer. Changes are important in the electoral process and leadership but we have to sit and think wisely. We are not going to make anyone a scapegoat or do the witch hunt, but whatever we will do, it will be done with clarity," he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi drew a lot of flak for his captaincy, but Shaharyar said he would not under any circumstance change the captain one week before the World T20.

"I understand there is a lot of criticism but I am not going to change anything one week before the major tournament in India," Shaharyar said.

He assured that Afridi will remain the skipper of the side and that the board do not want to disregard longest serving players.

"Afridi will remain captain unless he himself pulls out of the job. He has been serving Pakistan from the last 15 years. There are problems in his captaincy which can't be mended and especially at a time when his career is about to be end. Also, we don't want to disregard the longest serving players of Pakistan cricket. So, I am not going to push a panic button and take any decision in haste. This is not my style," Shaharyar Khan said.

(With IANS inputs)

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