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Players' fate rests on report from coach after T20 World Cup upset

Cricket body will also review senior manager Wahab Riaz's report before making final decisions

By Sohail Imran
June 23, 2024
Ireland´s George Dockrell (C) walks out after being dismissed during the ICC men´s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between Pakistan and Ireland at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on June 16, 2024. — AFP
Ireland´s George Dockrell (C) walks out after being dismissed during the ICC men´s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 group A cricket match between Pakistan and Ireland at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on June 16, 2024. — AFP 

LAHORE: The fate of Green Shirts after their dismal performance in the T20 World Cup rests on the report by head coach Gary Kirsten as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will make decisions regarding their central contracts in light of it. 

Moreover, the cricket body will also review senior manager Wahab Riaz's report before making final decisions about the players' central contracts. 

This comprehensive review process has delayed the board's announcement of any definitive actions. 

One of the major considerations is the potential decision to drop certain players from the next series and make modifications to the central contracts.

Earlier, it was reported that Pakistan's white-ball skipper Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan are expected to be demoted from Category A in their central contracts.

Sources close to the situation disclosed that work on a new central contract for the national players is in progress.

A new and smaller selection committee will be established to finalise the central contracts. However, the salaries of the national cricketers will remain unchanged.

Meanwhile, there are concerns that the players may refuse central contracts if they are demoted which would allow them to opt to play freely without the restrictions.

Pakistan's dismal World Cup campaign

The PCB decided to review the central contracts after the team's embarrassing early exit from the ongoing World Cup due to its poor performance.

The Green Shirts have been eliminated from the mega event and failed to even proceed to the Super Eight stage after losing their two initial matches against the new entrant United States and arch-rivals India.

With the match between the US and Ireland abandoned due to rain on Friday, the co-hosts secured one point, consequently ending Pakistan's hopes of proceeding in the tournament.

The national team returned to Pakistan after playing its last league game against Ireland.

This is the third time in the tournament’s history that Pakistan has been eliminated in the league round.