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Wahab, Razzaq removed from selection committee

By our correspondents
July 11, 2024
Former cricketers and selection committee members Wahab Riaz (left) and Abdul Razzaq. — AFP/File
Former cricketers and selection committee members Wahab Riaz (left) and Abdul Razzaq. — AFP/File

LAHORE/ ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board has removed senior manager Wahab Riaz, managed Mansoor Rana and selector Abdur Razzaq.

Wahab, who was also part of the selection committee, had been accused of influencing team selection. Wahab rejected the accusation as “baseless” and emphasised that the selection process was free of any individual pressure.

The decision to remove the three came after Pakistan’s underwhelming performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. The team’s failure to advance beyond the group stage prompted this decision. The PCB cited poor discipline and a negative dressing room atmosphere as reasons for their dismissal.

Wahab took to social media platform ‘X’ to express his stance on the matter, stating that his vote could not have outweighed the collective decision of six committee members. He said all proceedings were documented and that he would provide a comprehensive response soon.

Wahab in his tweet on ‘X’ said every member of the selection committee was responsible for selecting T20 World Cup team. “I don’t agree with the statements being discussed as adding pressure to the members of the selection committee. How can one vote dominate 6. Everything is documented on record in the minutes of meeting,” Wahab said.

Sarfraz wants entire selection committee sackedMeanwhile, former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz called for sacking the entire selection committee, saying that giving too much powers to Wahab Riaz ahead of the T20 World Cup was not a wise decision.

Talking to ‘The News’ on the telephone, Sarfraz, who underwent leg surgery at a London hospital last week, said that the entire selection committee was incapable of delivering. “The selection committee has worked collectively as was apparent during the pre-World Cup press conference with every member admitting that the team was constituted after consensus. Every member of the committee was responsible for the selection, so all should be sacked. The entire selection committee was incapable of delivering.”

Sarfraz said time and again he had written letters to former PCB Management Committee head Zaka Ashraf and now to present chairman Mohsin Naqvi on Wahab Riaz’s limitations as an administrator in any capacity.

“I am on record to have written letters to Zaka and Naqvi regarding Wahab’s suspected past and his lack of abilities as an administrator. Nobody paid heed to my suggestion. I knew well that Wahab was not capable of delivering in any capacity yet he was made selector, advisor and manager. On all fronts he failed.”

Sarfraz also called for a major surgery rather a selective one. “Major surgery is required if at all we want to put the system on the right track. There should be a three-member selection committee and mere sacking Wahab and Abdul Razzak would not be enough. Not even Asad Shafiq (a silent spectator) and Mohammad Yousaf are capable of delivering.”

Sarfraz added that it was Inzamamul Haq and Yousaf who earlier gave a free hand to Babar Azam and supported his all decisions with the reason that they collectively went into sponsorship deal with the US-based firm.

“Now you cannot ignore all that has led to such a poor performance during the T20 World Cup. So the decisions should be taken in the best interest of the country’s cricket rather falling into the trap of those who have their vested interests in the PCB.”