Babar Azam backs decisions on Pakistan T20WC squad: PCB CEO

PCB Chief Wasim Khan dismissed reports citing skipper Babar Azam's displeasure over Pakistan's T20 World Cup squad and said he was fully behind the board's direction.

The PCB chief said reports of skipper Babar Azam being unhappy with the squad environment is "factually incorrect".   -  GETTY IMAGES

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Wasim Khan on Wednesday said the reports of skipper Babar Azam being unhappy with the squad environment is "factually incorrect".

Pakistan had named its 15-member T20 World Cup squad on Monday, and several reports that followed indicated that skipper Babar is unhappy with the team that has been selected.

"It has come to our notice that factually incorrect reports are circulating about the Pakistan national squad environment. The squad for the upcoming international assignments has been announced and our captain Babar Azam is fully behind the direction that is being taken," said Khan in an official PCB release.

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"On Tuesday afternoon, some of the players had a healthy and positive meeting with former Pakistan captain and member of the PCB Board of Governors, Ramiz Raja, in which there was a consensus on the brand of cricket that needs to be played in the upcoming series and beyond," he added.

Further in the statement, Khan said: "It is important that collectively we get firmly behind the squad so that they have the stability, backing and focus they need prior to going into the ICC T20 World Cup next month."

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The Pakistan selectors had named a formidable 15-player squad for the upcoming T20Is against New Zealand and England, and the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.

The 15-player squad includes five batters (Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood), two wicketkeeper-batters (Azam Khan and Mohammad Rizwan), four all-rounders (Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Shadab Khan) and four fast bowlers (Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Shah Afridi).

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