The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday held a review meeting of its woeful Asia Cup show in the wake of its World Cup squad announcement.
All teams must finalise their 15-player squads for the cricket showpiece before the September 28 deadline, with any replacements after this date requiring approval from the ICC.
“The philosophy behind this review was to create an atmosphere of open discussion and develop consensus,” PCB chairman of the management committee Zaka Ashraf said in a statement.
“The idea is to have everyone on board and debate about performances, identifying the problems and their solutions.”
The review meeting was also attended by Team Director Mickey Arthur, captain Babar Azam, vice-captain Shadab Khan and former skippers Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez.
Chief selector and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq could not attend the meeting due to a ‘medical emergency’ but shared his inputs with the PCB chief on Thursday.
The other members of the men’s national coaching staff including head coach Grant Bradburn, batting coach Andrew Puttick and bowling coach Morne Morkel “were also invited to report on the team’s recent performance”.
“We have to debate strengths and weaknesses so that we are clear about what and where we need to invest for the betterment of our team,” Ashraf added.
Pakistan failed to make the final of the Asia Cup after losing to India and Sri Lanka in the Super Four stage. It managed wins only against Nepal and Bangladesh.
In fact, Pakistan, which has won the Asia Cup only twice, in 2000 and 2012, suffered its heaviest defeat to archrival India by 228 runs in the ODI format, ahead of its mega clash in the World Cup in Ahmedabad on October 14.
Dr. Sohail Saleem briefed about the players’ injuries and “the way forward for players’ rehabilitation programs,” the PCB said.
Pakistan pacers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf both suffered injuries during their rain-marred clash against India in Colombo, with the former under doubt to play the World Cup.
“In a robust analysis, every aspect of recent team performance, player fitness, and future plans came into discussion with a view to bringing improvement to the side,” the release said.
“There was an agreement on making a better approach and strategy on players’ workload. The importance of strengthening the bench was also emphasized,” it added.
- IND vs NZ Live Score Updates, World Cup 2023 Semifinal: Toss, lineup updates; Rohit Sharma & Co look to extend winning streak
- NBA In-Season tournament: Pacers beats 76ers, ends Philly’s 8-game winning streak
- India vs New Zealand head-to-head record in ODIs ahead of World Cup semifinal: Overall stats, most runs, wickets
- IND vs NZ head-to-head in ODI World Cup: India vs New Zealand WC results and records ahead of semifinal
- IND vs NZ: New Zealand win/loss record in ODI World Cup semifinal, most runs, wickets, stats