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Najam Sethi lashes out at Imran Khan

Former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi feels that the current Pakistan team is under clouds of uncertainty and players feel threatened about their future.

Speaking to a local tv channel, Sethi said the current management of PCB isn’t supporting the way it should be.

“Everyone is disappointed at the way team has performed in the World Cup but one shouldn’t press the panic button,” he said.

Pakistan have only won one of the five World Cup games they have played. Photo: Getty Images

“The PCB isn’t supporting the team and management the way it should be. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, coach Mickey Arthur and at least two other players are insecure about their future,” Sethi said, adding that it is the job of the board to keep the team united.

He also criticised PCB for issuing a statement on the team’s performance mid-tournament.

Najam Sethi lashes out at Prime Minister Imran Khan for publicly providing advice to captain Sarfraz Ahmed during the ongoing World Cup.

“No matter how much cricket one has played, a prime minister shouldn’t be saying things to a captain publicly. If he had to say anything to him, he should have conveyed to him privately,” Sethi said.

“It brought Sarfaraz in unnecessary pressure and criticising for not listening to the advice,” he added.

Imran Khan on June 16 advised skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed to go in with specialists in the batting and bowling departments.

“In order to have a winning offensive strategy Sarfaraz must go in with specialist batsmen and bowlers,” Khan posted on Twitter.

Khan also said that both teams will be under “great mental pressure, and the power of the mind will decide the outcome of the match. In Sarfaraz we are fortunate to have a bold captain & today he will have to be at his daring best”.

Sethi went on to add that the cricket committee’s statement before the tournament has also damaged the team environment.

The former chairman added that players have now hired PR agents to stay connected at the power corridors.

The skipper Sarfraz Ahmed appears to be bearing the brunt of the criticism at home, with questions raised over his fitness and leadership qualities since the disappointing 89-run loss to India ─ Pakistan’s seventh straight loss to India at a World Cup.

The team selection against India was also heavily criticised, both on social media and on dozens of talk shows. The side had opted to go with two regular spinners even though India’s batsmen have dominated slow bowlers in international cricket.

Sarfaraz getting caught on camera yawning on two occasions while keeping wicket hasn’t gone down too well, either.

After three losses, Pakistan are in next-to-last place in the 10-team standings, ahead of only Afghanistan. The position is similar to the one in which the Pakistan found themselves in 1992, when the team had three points from their first five matches.

Then skipper Imran Khan’s so-called ‘cornered tigers’ had gone on to win their three remaining league matches in the 1992 World Cup, sneaked into the semi-finals after West Indies lost to Australia in the last league-round fixture, defeated New Zealand and then beat England in the final.

Although this team has a reputation for unpredictability, there seems a slim chance of anything like that happening again.

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