LAHORE – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shahryar Khan said on Friday that he is not resigning from his post.
“The rumours regarding my resignation are false,” said Shaharyar as quoted by a private TV channel. “I have not resigned and we haven’t axed anyone.” He further said that he has received a report sent to him by the PCB’s fact-finding committee and will announce his decision after reading it.
Earlier, Shaharyar met Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi and, according to reports, he offered to resign from his post in an attempt to solve the crisis that Pakistan cricket has been facing after the disastrous Asia Cup and World T20 campaigns.
Tv channel quoted sources as saying that Sethi told Shaharyar they need to come up with a solution together. Sethi also advised the PCB chairman to avoid stepping away.
However, a few moments later, the PCB spokesperson confirmed that Shaharyar hasn’t offered any resignation and is working in his office. Pakistan T20 team, under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi, was knocked out from the Asia Cup after a loss to Bangladesh.
In their World T20 campaign, they were beaten comprehensively by India, New Zealand and then Australia. Their only victory came against Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh in the world event campaign opener.
A five-member Fact-Finding committee presented its report to the PCB chairman today. The report presented findings of a three-day investigation into the Asia Cup and World T20 performances.
In the reports submitted by head coach Waqar Younis and team manager Intikhab Alam, Afridi was at the centre of the dismal performances. Waqar wrote that Afridi was a “non-serious” captain, while Intikhab called him an “absolutely clueless” leader.
Meanwhile, sources quoted by a TV channel said that T20 vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed was nominated as the new captain of the shortest-format team, while former fast-bowler Aqib Javed would replace Waqar as head coach. Former coach Mohsin Khan is the favourite to bag the position of chief selector.