Babar and Shaheen won ICC awards, but they [PCB] couldn’t digest it – Rashid Latif
Rashid Latif, on Tuesday, launched a scathing attack at the PCB, even claiming that the Pakistan team can now ‘rest in peace’ while Latif made his remarks after Pakistan Cricket Board named Shadab Khan as skipper for the T20I series against Afghanistan.
Whatever happens, Pakistani cricket consistently manages to make headlines for the wrong reasons. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) changed its management to elevate the sport there, but Najam Sethi’s tenure as president has led several former national players to criticize the way the organization is being run.
Pakistan legend Rashid Latif, on Tuesday, launched a scathing attack at the PCB, even claiming that the Pakistan team can now ‘rest in peace’.
Latif made his remarks after Pakistan Cricket Board named Shadab Khan as skipper for the T20I series against Afghanistan, resting Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
The Board was harshly criticized by Latif for sidelining Babar and Shaheen from the T20 squad for the series.
“Our players are featured in ICC rankings and winning awards after a long time. Babar and Shaheen won ICC awards. They [PCB] couldn’t digest it. They said we won’t let it happen and now we are here and will take decisions. Those who never took rest and are 70 or 80 years old and need to rest are now deciding the fate of Pakistan cricket. You can say rest in peace Pakistan team. Our team is now resting in peace,”Latif said, as per Cricket Pakistan.
“When you bring new players, you break a team combination. Some new players, who are selected, will perform in the Afghanistan series, so will they bring back the senior players with lesser strike rates. Media will also put pressure on them. This is the first step towards destroying the Pakistan team,”he further said, explaining his point.
Explaining his decision after the squad announcement, Najam Sethi said:
“I want to congratulate Shadab Khan on his appointment as the Pakistan team captain for the series against Afghanistan. Shadab Khan has been the Pakistan vice-captain in white-ball cricket for the past couple of years and, logically, he takes over the side in the absence of Babar Azam for the short three-match T20I tour of Sharjah.
“For the short Sharjah tour and to ensure continuity, we have also appointed Mohammad Yousuf as the interim head and batting coach. Yousuf has been with the national side since last year as a batting coach and has also been working in the National High-Performance Centre.
“Pakistan Squad: Shadab Khan (C), Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan.