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Surgery is the only option but not in haste, says Mohsin Naqvi

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mohsin Naqvi expressed significant concerns about the state of cricket affairs during a media interaction on Thursday, stressing the necessity for decisive actions to rectify the current situation.

Naqvi addressed several issues, notably the aftermath of Pakistan’s disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup. Regarding the captaincy of Babar Azam, he emphasized that any decision would be deliberated by former cricketers with substantial cricketing knowledge, dismissing the influence of armchair critics who voice opinions on television and social media.

He cautioned against impulsive decisions, asserting that he was in consultation with ex-players who share a desire to restore Pakistan’s cricketing prestige. Naqvi bluntly stated his disregard for criticism on Twitter, affirming his commitment to run the PCB without succumbing to social media pressure.

Acknowledging criticisms aimed at the selection committee post-tournament, Naqvi indicated forthcoming discussions with head coach Gary Kirsten and assistant coach Azhar Mahmood to assess the team’s performance and chart a way forward. Kirsten’s detailed report highlighted concerns over player skills, mindset, and physical fitness, prompting suggestions for remedial actions to prepare for future events.

Naqvi further underscored the importance of players’ availability for national duties over participating in league cricket, setting strict guidelines ahead of the upcoming series against Bangladesh. He announced plans for a thorough evaluation and potential revision of central contracts based on performance criteria, emphasizing non-negotiable standards for player fitness.

Addressing specific incidents, Naqvi condemned the situation involving Haris Rauf and instructed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take appropriate action against those responsible.

In conclusion, Naqvi outlined plans for Test matches against Bangladesh in Multan, Karachi, and Rawalpindi, underscoring the PCB’s commitment to revitalizing domestic cricket and ensuring robust governance in the wake of recent challenges.

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