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PCB sacks disappointing World Cup selectors Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razak


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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday sacked selectors Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razak after the team’s disappointing T20 World Cup campaign last month.

The 2009 champions lost to tournament debutants and co-hosts USA before being eliminated in the group stage of the 20-team tournament.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board … has informed Abdul Razak and Wahab Riaz that their services will no longer be required in the setup of the National Selection Committee,” the PCB said in a statement.

Razak was a member of both the men’s and women’s selection committees.

Wahab remained the face of the seven-member all-male selection committee even after he was removed as the panel chief earlier this year.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi had promised major changes in view of the team’s performance in the World Cup.

After the team’s six-run defeat against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup last month, he came down heavily on team management, saying the Babar Azam-led side needed “major surgery”.

Mohsin was quoted by Pakistani media in New York as saying at the time, “I thought the team needed a minor surgery to win the match, but now it seems we will have to do a major surgery.”

Mohsin also felt that the time has come for him to start looking at players who have been out of the squad for some time now.

“It is very disappointing the way we lost to America and now this defeat for India. We must now start looking at the players beyond the team players,” he had said.

Meanwhile, dismissing media reports about “pressure” being put on the election committee members, Riaz said: “How can one vote overpower six? Everything is on record in the minutes of the meeting. I will issue my statement this evening.”

Razak similarly asked: “If everyone is given equal power, how can one vote in the selection committee trump the other six?”

Riaz later said he could have said a lot but didn’t want to be a “part of the blame game”.

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