Rashid Latif, a former cricketer, has accused the current administration of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of punishing Shadab Khan for speaking the truth. Latif believes that the board is trying to make an example out of Shadab to discourage others from speaking out. He also expressed his support for Shadab and said that he should be allowed to play freely without any pressure.
Shadab Khan stresses significance of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan after Pakistan’s defeat against Afghanistan:
Following the loss in the second T20I against Afghanistan, Shadab Khan, who was the stand-in captain, made a statement during the post-match press conference. He emphasized the importance of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the team’s success, stating that now everyone should understand their significance.
Talks of removing Shadab Khan from vice-captaincy in limited-overs format arise:
Babar Azam, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, and Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper, were rested for the Afghanistan series. Unfortunately, Pakistan lost the series with a score of 1-2.
The above statement by Shadab didn’t go well with the board, and now there are talks of removing him from the post of vice-captain in limited-overs format.
Rashid Latif criticizes PCB for silencing Shadab Khan:
Rashid Latif criticized the PCB for trying to silence Shadab Khan for speaking the truth. He expressed concern that the board’s actions may even push Shadab to leave cricket or become disturbed. Latif further stated that 90% of Pakistan players become “psycho” after leaving cricket because of the PCB’s actions.
Rashid Latif criticizes PCB’s decision-making and leadership:
Rashid Latif expressed frustration with the PCB’s decision-making and questioned who is responsible for bringing such individuals into the board. Babar Azam will resume his role as captain for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against New Zealand. Sources suggest that the PCB officials were dissatisfied with Shadab Khan’s decision-making during the Afghanistan series and have decided to rest him for the upcoming series against the Kiwis. Usama Mir is expected to replace Shadab as the leg-spinner in the squad.
New Zealand to play T20Is and ODIs in Pakistan:
The New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to play three T20Is in Lahore from 14-17 April, followed by two T20Is and the first ODI in Rawalpindi from 20-26 April. The remaining four ODIs will be played in Karachi from 30 April to 7 May.
This is published in logicalbaat, on 03 April, 2023.