Spinner Shadab Khan’s role as the vice-captain of the team is reportedly at risk due to his subpar performance, as indicated in a Daily Jang report published on Monday.
The upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, scheduled to take place in India in October, has prompted the Pakistan selectors to contemplate their squad choices, with an announcement expected from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Thursday.
To address this matter, Babar Azam, the team’s captain, and Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector, held discussions and are set to meet with PCB chief Zaka Ashraf in Lahore today (Monday) to delve into squad-related issues.
The Pakistan team’s disappointing exit from the Asia Cup 2023 has complicated the selectors’ task, with the underwhelming performances of several senior players, including Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan. Furthermore, some players sustained injuries during the later stages of the regional tournament, which some experts attribute to the board’s mismanagement of their workload.
As per the publication, the PCB is also contemplating a few administrative changes. “During their meeting, the chief selector and the skipper also discussed the fitness problems and poor form of key players,” the report added.
While no significant alterations are anticipated, Shadab Khan’s position is reportedly in jeopardy due to his lackluster performance. There is a possibility that he may be excluded from the World Cup squad and replaced by Abrar Ahmed.