PCB officials ignore Pakistan skipper Babar Azam’s text messages.©AFP
Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has made a shocking revelation that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials, including chairman Zaka Ashraf, ignored text messages from current national team skipper Babar Azam. With four defeats in six matches, Pakistan could face early elimination from the ongoing Cricket World Cup in India. On Friday, Pakistan lost by one wicket against South Africa. As things stand, Pakistan are currently sixth in the Cricket World Cup points table. Latif revealed that Pakistani players have not been paid by the board for the last five months.
“Babar Azam sent a message to the Chairman. But he is not responding. He even sent an SMS to Salman Naseer (PCB COO). But he also did not respond. What is the reason why he is not responding to his captain? So, you are “The players have not received a salary for five months. Should players listen to you? “, Latif said on PTV Sports.
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Latif’s remark comes after reports emerged that players are unhappy with the board due to lack of support.
Earlier this week, PCB also hinted that Babar’s captaincy could be at stake if the team’s campaign in the ongoing World Cup fails.
Babar has been under the scanner with Pakistan on a four-game losing streak.
“In the face of media attention given to captain Babar Azam and the team management, the position of the board, echoing that of former cricketers, is that successes and defeats are part of the game “Captain Babar Azam and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq have been given freedom and support to form the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023,” PCB had said in a statement.
“Going forward, the board will take decisions in the best interest of Pakistan cricket based on the team’s performance in the World Cup. At present, the PCB encourages fans, former players and stakeholders to rally behind the team as they strive to make a triumphant return to the mega-event.
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