Spinner Shadab Khan’s role as the team’s vice-captain is precarious due to his lackluster performance. The upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, set to be held in India in October, has put pressure on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to finalize the squad by Thursday.
In this context, team captain Babar Azam and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq held discussions and are scheduled to meet with PCB chief Zaka Ashraf in Lahore today. They will delve into matters concerning the squad composition.
The disappointing exit of the Pakistan cricket team from the Asia Cup 2023 has compounded the selectors’ challenges, with several senior players, including Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, failing to meet expectations. Furthermore, during the later stages of the regional tournament, some players suffered injuries, possibly attributed to the board’s mismanagement of their workload, as opined by some experts.
It is suggested that the board should contemplate a few administrative changes. During their meeting, the chief selector and captain discussed the fitness issues and poor form of key players.
While no major alterations are anticipated, Shadab Khan’s position is in jeopardy due to his subpar performance, and there is speculation that he might be replaced by Abrar Ahmed in the World Cup squad.