Pakistan Cricket in Turmoil : Internal Divisions and Underperformance Spark Major Overhaul

Mohammad Rizwan is reportedly unhappy at not being considered for the captaincy.© AFP
Mohammad Rizwan is reportedly unhappy at not being considered for the captaincy.© AFP

Pakistan Cricket in Turmoil : Internal Divisions and Underperformance Spark Major Overhaul :

Pakistan’s early exit from the T20 World Cup has sparked controversy, with blame falling on internal divisions within the team and underperformance by senior players in crucial moments. This failure may lead to significant changes not only in the team but also within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to sources within the PCB, one of the main challenges faced by Babar Azam upon returning as captain was uniting a fractured team due to these internal groups. Shaheen Afridi was reportedly upset about losing the captaincy, feeling unsupported by Babar when needed. Mohammad Rizwan also expressed discontent for not being considered for the captaincy.

Reports suggest there were three distinct groups within the team: one led by Babar Azam, another by Shaheen Afridi, and a third by Mohammad Rizwan. The return of senior players like Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim added to the complexity, as their reintroduction after a long absence from top-level cricket created further confusion.

Sources reveal instances where communication breakdowns among players occurred, exacerbating team dynamics. Efforts to appease all group leaders seemed ineffective, contributing to the team’s overall disarray.

PCB officials, including Chairman Mohsin Naqvi, were aware of these issues before the World Cup but attempts to address them through private meetings with players did not yield the desired unity or performance improvement. The disappointing performances on the field, such as key bowlers failing in critical situations, worsened the situation.

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