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PCB removes Afridi as T20 skipper, disbands selection committee

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday removed Shahid Afridi as captain of the T20 team and disbanded the Selection Committee among several measures taken in the light of findings and recommendations by a special committee tasked with investigating factors behind Pakistan’s poor performance in the Asia Cup and World T20, ARY News reported.

Following the report by the special committee, Chairman PCB Shehryar Khan announced a number of measures the board has made in the wake of poor show by Pakistan side.

Accepting the recommendations of the special committee, Khan disbanded the Selection Committee with immediate effect and said that a new committee will be constituted in due course.

Noting that Shahid Afridi was appointed T20 captain up till World T20 and with the event now concluded now, the PCB removed Afridi as recommended by the special committee.

The board will also initiate the process of inducting a new coach for Pakistan team, following the public resignation of Waqar Younis today, for which a two-member panel is being formed comprising of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja to assist in finding a replacement for Waqar at the earliest.

The special committee highlighted fitness of the players as a major issue in the poor performance of Pakistan team. The PCB will henceforth make fitness standards achievements conditional in the players’ contracts and with fines to be imposed on players not achieving the desired standards.

The PCB has been planning a boot camp in coordination with the Pakistan Army in Abbottabad to make the players physically fit for the England tour.

Among several restructuring measures, the board today announced to appoint a spokesman for it shortly in order to curve the negativity in media and streamline protocols.

A psychologist and a dietician will also be appointed soon for the Pakistan team as the PCB intends to give special emphasis to mental toughness of the players and their dietary needs.

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