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    PCB rubbishes rumours that PM Imran Khan wants Azhar Ali sacked as captain




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    The current PCB management is in a dire need of ground reality check. Majority of Pakistani fans are supremely unhappy with the axis of incompetence and would love to see the back of Azhar, Waqar and Misbah. You dont need a country's PM to tell you this.

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    Leadership crises in Pakistan cricket team has been evident for some years now. PCB should already be able to realize that and maybe groom upcoming players in such a way that this crisis can be finished. The only option PCB currently have is to handover the captaincy to Babar and hope for the best as the other guys currently with decent communication skills are 30+ and not the permanent fixture in the team.

    Meanhwhile from the current lot Imam, Rizwan, Shaheen (From bowling side) and maybe Shadab can be groomed as players as well as guys who can form the core leadership group in the team going forward. Cant think of better names from the current young lot.

    At the same time young promising U-19 cricketers like Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Mohammad Haris etc need to be groomed as players as well as in leadership skills with maybe some sessions and workshops so that this crisis doesnt remain their.

    I wont mind that some guys which look like future players of Pakistan and potential leaders being given domestic and PSL captaincies in their early, mid 20s. Yes competition needs to be good but at the same time ultimate aim of tournament is to provide the missing components to the national team. Having your national team's LOI captain not captaining in premier domestic tournument are the kind of decisions which serve no purpose and PCB needs to take a stance in such situations.

    I dont think you need PM of the country to point out evident facts, PCB should be able to realize this on their own.

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    I don't blame Azhar either. Main culprit is Wasim Khan who appointed expired Azhar Ali as captain, serial failure Waqar as bowling coach and no clue or experimental laboratorian Misbah. Also Mani has a timid cat personality and doesn't have merit to be the boss of a big organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    I don't blame Azhar either. Main culprit is Wasim Khan who appointed expired Azhar Ali as captain, serial failure Waqar as bowling coach and no clue or experimental laboratorian Misbah. Also Mani has a timid cat personality and doesn't have merit to be the boss of a big organization.
    Exactly no one refuses captaincy but it's the responsibility of the one giving the role to check if he is the right person for the role or not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Leadership crises in Pakistan cricket team has been evident for some years now. PCB should already be able to realize that and maybe groom upcoming players in such a way that this crisis can be finished. The only option PCB currently have is to handover the captaincy to Babar and hope for the best as the other guys currently with decent communication skills are 30+ and not the permanent fixture in the team.

    Meanhwhile from the current lot Imam, Rizwan, Shaheen (From bowling side) and maybe Shadab can be groomed as players as well as guys who can form the core leadership group in the team going forward. Cant think of better names from the current young lot.

    At the same time young promising U-19 cricketers like Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Mohammad Haris etc need to be groomed as players as well as in leadership skills with maybe some sessions and workshops so that this crisis doesnt remain their.

    I wont mind that some guys which look like future players of Pakistan and potential leaders being given domestic and PSL captaincies in their early, mid 20s. Yes competition needs to be good but at the same time ultimate aim of tournament is to provide the missing components to the national team. Having your national team's LOI captain not captaining in premier domestic tournument are the kind of decisions which serve no purpose and PCB needs to take a stance in such situations.

    I dont think you need PM of the country to point out evident facts, PCB should be able to realize this on their own.
    I think that it needs to be a batter if it's in the longer format so rizwan may be good option,imaam is good option but he not guaranteed starter in tests

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    It's not just IK, most people want AA gone.

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    There were people on this site who were adamant that Azhar should be the Test captain even though he failed as an ODI captain. One time I got ridiculed for saying that Asad Shafiq should be axed from the ODI squad I feel as if stuff like this comes from people who have only just started watching cricket or rarely watch the sport but just want to make themselves feel good. I don't think I've ever seen a bigger beta male captain than Azhar before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Leadership crises in Pakistan cricket team has been evident for some years now. PCB should already be able to realize that and maybe groom upcoming players in such a way that this crisis can be finished. The only option PCB currently have is to handover the captaincy to Babar and hope for the best as the other guys currently with decent communication skills are 30+ and not the permanent fixture in the team.

    Meanhwhile from the current lot Imam, Rizwan, Shaheen (From bowling side) and maybe Shadab can be groomed as players as well as guys who can form the core leadership group in the team going forward. Cant think of better names from the current young lot.

    At the same time young promising U-19 cricketers like Haider Ali, Mohammad Huraira, Mohammad Haris etc need to be groomed as players as well as in leadership skills with maybe some sessions and workshops so that this crisis doesnt remain their.

    I wont mind that some guys which look like future players of Pakistan and potential leaders being given domestic and PSL captaincies in their early, mid 20s. Yes competition needs to be good but at the same time ultimate aim of tournament is to provide the missing components to the national team. Having your national team's LOI captain not captaining in premier domestic tournument are the kind of decisions which serve no purpose and PCB needs to take a stance in such situations.

    I dont think you need PM of the country to point out evident facts, PCB should be able to realize this on their own.
    You are right. So far they have groomed a few actually - after Sarfaraz (who was groomed all through age group cricket) they tried to groom Babar because he was spotted as special early on, giving him captaincy roles very early. Poor guy though just didnít have it naturally (though he is good enough and better than many are currently making him out to be).

    Rohail has been groomed thoroughly from the current batch. He has captained Pakistan U-19 for 2 years, followed by captaining the 1st XI of Northern in a First Class match at the age of 19, then vice captaining Pakistan Emerging, and finally captaining Pakistan A versus MCC.

    So the three products who have really been backed through age group cricket in the last 15 years have been Sarfaraz Ahmed (2006), Imad Wasim and Shan Masood (2008), Babar (2012), and now Rohail Nazir (2020).

    The question is the people in between. They have all failed to make an impact. Azeem Ghumman, Gauhar Hafeez, Hassan Khan, Sami Aslam, these are the captains of U-19 teams past. Only Sami Aslam continues to be discussed in cricketing circles and is a long way from making Pakistan team, let alone making an impact or being made captain.

    PCB hasnít done particularly bad to be honest. They did what they could, to the most part, in developing captains ó in addition to the above mentioned captains in Sarfaraz, Imad, Shan, Babar, and Rohail, we have also seen Rizwan and Shan who have captained Pakistan A as well as domestic FC, while Shadab is being backed at Islamabad United which I think is fantastic, Imad is at Karachi Kings, and Shan at Multan Sultans.

    The real issue is that all of these ďpotential captainsĒ aside from Babar donít have a spot locked in the team!

    The best we can do now is groom youngsters ó Saud Shakil, Rohail Nazir have already been in the grooming phase for several years now, and I am sure Hurraira has been identified by Mohammad Wasim at Northern as a captaincy candidate for the future.

    What I would like to see are leadership coaching sessions with life coach professionals etc and motivational speakers. Seminars and such. What else can be done?

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    Might be something in it - no smoke without fire. The type of player/Captain Khan was, it won't be surprising if he is upset with Azhar's Captaincy. One doesn't need to see a whole Test match - watching half a session when PAK is fielding is enough to be upset.

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    Is this the typical tactic of leaking out the rumour yourself, then having another section dismiss it - to fulfill an ulterior motive?


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    LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to call an explanation of its head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and Test captain Azhar Ali for bypassing the top management to arrange a meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan over a policy matter of the board pertaining to abolish the departmental cricket.

    The said meeting was held at the Prime Minister House, Islamabad on Wednesday.

    A PCB official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that both Misbah and Azhar were contractual employees of the PCB and both have been called for a meeting with the PCB top management headed by Ehsan Mani to give their explanation for their action next week. No exact date for the meeting has been set up.

    Though former Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez who was a member of the Pakistan team on the recent tour of England, was the third member of the trio who met PM Imran, his explanation will not be sought because he is not on the central contract list of the PCB.

    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has been a vocal supporter of regional cricket as opposed to departmental cricket and after becoming Prime Minister in 2018, it was on his categorical instructions that the PCB abolished departmental cricket, rendering thousands of cricketers jobless.

    As the debate over the injudicious decision of abolishing departmental cricket is really heating up and is being discussed in the cricketing circles across the country, hundreds of former and current players are beginning to voice their concerns over the move. This was the main reason that persuaded the trio to convey their sentiments to the prime minister but they were snubbed by him in the short meeting.

    However, it appears that the PCB may not issue any show-cause notice to the players as it will just be a meeting in which the PCB would convey its reservations over the trio’s decision of breaching the chain of command, despite being contractual employees of the Board.

    It is also being felt by cricketing circles that while Misbah, Azhar and Hafeez went to the PM for a genuine cause, no one in the PCB has the guts or the authority to say even a single word about the abolishment of departmental cricket though they very well realise it is not a wise move by any logic.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1580437/pc...eeting-with-pm


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    PCB showing why theyíre the most useless board in the whole world.

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    Mani is not a leader type person and PCB has none but blame itself for appointing a timid individual. The reports clearly shows Mani is just like a puppet with no authority over PCB stuffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shafi View Post
    Mani is not a leader type person and PCB has none but blame itself for appointing a timid individual. The reports clearly shows Mani is just like a puppet with no authority over PCB stuffs.
    Which reports show this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Which reports show this?
    I meant the rumors. If we have someone strong personality person as PCB boss their will not be any uncertainty after any series who is staying or getting sacked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    You are right. So far they have groomed a few actually - after Sarfaraz (who was groomed all through age group cricket) they tried to groom Babar because he was spotted as special early on, giving him captaincy roles very early. Poor guy though just didn’t have it naturally (though he is good enough and better than many are currently making him out to be).

    Rohail has been groomed thoroughly from the current batch. He has captained Pakistan U-19 for 2 years, followed by captaining the 1st XI of Northern in a First Class match at the age of 19, then vice captaining Pakistan Emerging, and finally captaining Pakistan A versus MCC.

    So the three products who have really been backed through age group cricket in the last 15 years have been Sarfaraz Ahmed (2006), Imad Wasim and Shan Masood (2008), Babar (2012), and now Rohail Nazir (2020).

    The question is the people in between. They have all failed to make an impact. Azeem Ghumman, Gauhar Hafeez, Hassan Khan, Sami Aslam, these are the captains of U-19 teams past. Only Sami Aslam continues to be discussed in cricketing circles and is a long way from making Pakistan team, let alone making an impact or being made captain.

    PCB hasn’t done particularly bad to be honest. They did what they could, to the most part, in developing captains — in addition to the above mentioned captains in Sarfaraz, Imad, Shan, Babar, and Rohail, we have also seen Rizwan and Shan who have captained Pakistan A as well as domestic FC, while Shadab is being backed at Islamabad United which I think is fantastic, Imad is at Karachi Kings, and Shan at Multan Sultans.

    The real issue is that all of these “potential captains” aside from Babar don’t have a spot locked in the team!

    The best we can do now is groom youngsters — Saud Shakil, Rohail Nazir have already been in the grooming phase for several years now, and I am sure Hurraira has been identified by Mohammad Wasim at Northern as a captaincy candidate for the future.

    What I would like to see are leadership coaching sessions with life coach professionals etc and motivational speakers. Seminars and such. What else can be done?
    I agree, that some of the promising young players now or previously were captains at U19 level and maybe at Pakistan A level. I just think that progression of players (who obviously turn out to be good enough) should continue at FC level and PSL level as well. For example from the current domestic setup lineups Rizwan being named KPK captain was good and same is the case with Shadab being name VC and will probably captain a couple of for Northern in national T20 if Imad’s Natwest team Nottinghamshire goes to the play offs.

    My question is what exactly should management should be making Haris Sohail Baluchistan captain, Sarfaraz the Sindh captain or even Imad the PSL captain and now Northern captain? All 3 are 30 plus and Babar who is 25 is the captain of two formats and will probably become the test captain as well so other 3 wont be even in the team or leadership group of Pakistan team in next 5 years. Why not give captaincy to Imam, Saud Shakeel and Shadab for their FC teams atleast in one format and maybe in PSL too going forward. It will create that healthy competition and learning phase for the current generation which would play a role in improving their personal game as well as providing more options for the core leadership group of the team.

    At this point of time with Babar being planned as captain for some years so atleast Babar should be captaining the side in PSL and QAE as well, he is the current national captain and grooming him should be a priority. PSL with so many eyes watching is a different pressure environment which Babar didnt face before captaining Pakistan national team.

    Also having Imad, Shan, Sarfaraz, Wahab and Soahil Akhtar who are 30+ (3 of them are not even in much of a race to have a position in LOI lineup) serving as captains in PSL serves no purpose for Pakistan cricket in the years to come. Why not have atleast 2-3 young guys including Babar leading the sides? Yes franchises are independent to make decisions but PCB can have some sort of say in that and can even add certain clauses in contract of certain players. Any team would love to have Babar even if they have to make him the captain of the team.

    Going forward in next few years I would like to see youngsters like Haider, Rohail etc if they continue their progress as cricketers being given FC captaincies at some level and PSL captaincies where possible so that we already have next gen captains ready rather than giving captaincies to the senior players of year 2025 at that time.

    For example, Kohli became captain of his IPL team when he was 23 and Rohit Sharma became captain when he was 26. There were senior players available in their teams but, I think making them captains back then was a good move considering the future.

    Generally I agree with what you are saying but, considering lack of leadership reaching Pakistan team from junior levels is a problem but why not groom youngsters for the roles who are already in the Pakistan or knocking the doors by giving them captaincies in domestic competitions.
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    A few news reports out there saying Misbah and Azhar have been "summoned" to PCB HQ to explain themselves but nothing official.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    A few news reports out there saying Misbah and Azhar have been "summoned" to PCB HQ to explain themselves but nothing official.
    Would be great, if they get sacked in the morning.

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    Wasim Akramís Recommendation Might Spell End of Azhar Aliís Captaincy

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    A member of the Pakistan Cricket Boardís (PCB) Cricket Committee has reportedly informed Prime Minister, Imran Khan, that Azhar Ali is not capable of captaining the team and needs to be replaced.

    The Prime Minister, who is also the PCBís patron-in-chief, met the board and committee officials, as well as senior players, on Wednesday.

    The delegation comprised of Chairman PCB, Ehsan Mani, Chief Executive Officer, Wasim Khan, Cricket Committee member, Wasim Akram, head coach, and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, Test captain, Azhar Ali, and all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez.

    During the meeting, the premier inquired the delegation as to why Pakistan lost the first Test against England in Manchester from a winning position. To this, Wasim Akram told PM Khan that Azharís lack of leadership skills cost the game.

    The former captain reportedly said that they have lost confidence in Azharís captaincy and stressed that he needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Wasim Akram criticized Azharís leadership qualities after Pakistanís loss to England in the first Test, slamming him for his defensive approach.

    Since taking over as Test captain in August 2019, Azhar has led the team in eight matches out of which Pakistan won two and lost three. The wins came against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh while three matches ended in a draw.

    Under Azharís captaincy, notable series defeats include a 2-0 whitewash against Australia and a 1-0 loss in the recently concluded three-match series against England.

    Link: https://propakistani.pk/2020/09/17/w...lis-captaincy/

    Comments: Not good for Azhar Ali if Wasim Akram, IK's bestie is recommending against you to the skipper


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    Wasim Akram - i will pray for you, if you actually manage to take down one pillar of the axis. Bless you!


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