PCB reviews Asia Cup 2023 performance ahead of Cricket World Cup 2023 Squad announcement

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday held a review meeting of their dismal Asia Cup show in the wake of their World Cup squad announcement. All teams must finalize their 15-man squads for the cricket showpiece by the September 28 deadline, with any substitutions after that date requiring the approval of the ICC. “The philosophy behind this review was to create an atmosphere of open discussion and develop consensus,” PCB chairman of the management committee Zaka Ashraf said in a statement. “The idea is to have everyone on board and debate the notions, identify the problems and their solutions.” The review meeting was also attended by head coach Mickey Arthur, captain Babar Azam, vice-captain Shadab Khan and former skippers Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez.

Chief selector and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq could not attend the meeting due to a “medical emergency” but shared his inputs with the PCB chief on Thursday.

The other members of the men’s national coaching staff, including head coach Grant Bradburn, batting coach Andrew Puttick and bowling coach Morne Morkel “were also invited to report on the team’s recent performances”.

“We need to discuss strengths and weaknesses so we are clear on what and where to invest to improve our team,” he added.

Pakistan failed to make it to the finals of the Asia Cup after losing to India and Sri Lanka in the ‘Super Four’. They only achieved wins against Nepal and Bangladesh.

In fact, Pakistan, who have won the Asia Cup only twice in 2000 and 2012, suffered their biggest defeat to arch-rivals India by 228 runs in the ODI format ahead of their World Cup mega clash in Ahmedabad on October 14.

Dr. Sohail Saleem briefed on the players’ injuries and “the way forward for the players’ rehabilitation programmes,” the PCB said.

Pakistan pacers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf both suffered injuries during their rain-soaked clash against India in Colombo, with the former a doubt to play in the World Cup.

“In a robust analysis, all aspects of recent team performance, player fitness and future plans came into discussion with a view to bringing improvements to the side,” the release said.

“There was agreement to create a better approach and strategy for the players’ workload. The importance of strengthening the bench was also emphasized,” it added. PTI DDV LOSS

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