Pakistan cricket is gearing up for a major shake-up following their disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup 2024. The aftermath has seen calls for changes across the board, and one significant move could be the exclusion of Wahab Riaz from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selection committee.

Wahab Riaz Under Scrutiny

According to ESPNcricinfo, Wahab Riaz’s departure from the selection committee is highly likely. The seven-member committee, already under fire, is expected to see reductions in its members. The PCB might also abandon its recent experiment of operating without a designated head or chief selector.

Less than three months ago, the PCB unveiled its current selection committee. Initially, Wahab Riaz served as the chairman, but he was later demoted to a regular member.

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The committee operated on a majority decision basis, a move aimed at fostering debate and reaching consensus. However, this structure has faced significant criticism, and changes are imminent.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi wants told to make a public demonstration that no one is immune from consequences, including Riaz, who is considered a close aide of Naqvi.

Both the PCB and Riaz are frustrated with the perception that he still acts as the de facto head of the committee, bearing the brunt of the criticism. As a result, his future on the committee hangs in the balance.

What About Babar Azam?

As for Babar Azam’s captaincy, no immediate decision is expected. Despite the emotional fallout from Pakistan’s early exit, there’s no rush since the next white-ball game isn’t until November.

The PCB plans to conduct a thorough review, including input from head coach Gary Kirsten, who has voiced concerns about the team’s lack of unity, as well as the captain himself.

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup journey ended abruptly with a shocking loss to the USA and a close defeat to India, leading to their elimination before the Super 8 stage. They did manage a win against Ireland in their final match, finishing third in Group A with two victories, including a win against Canada.

As the PCB gears up for these potential changes, cricket fans are left wondering what the future holds. Will these adjustments bring the needed turnaround for Pakistan cricket? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain: the winds of change are blowing, and Pakistan cricket is set for a significant transformation.

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