The clashes of India and Pakistan on the cricket field are bound to generate public interest, but when the two neighbouring countries lock horns at the ICC World Cup, the excitement tends to reach an all-time high. As anticipated, the much-awaited fixture at the ongoing ICC spectacle had everyone glued to the cricketing action which unfolded at Old Trafford in Manchester.
But, the match, sadly, failed to live up to the billing as India defeated Pakistan by a comprehensive margin of 89 runs (D/L). In a game, where Pakistan was expected to challenge India's domination especially after their 2017 Champions Trophy win, Sarfaraz Ahmed's men were overshadowed in almost all the departments by a rampant Virat Kohli brigade.June 17, 2019
After the game, while the Indian fans had a lot of cheer for, Pakistan loyalists were so embarrassed by their team's performance that they began criticising them heavily. While some slammed Sarfaraz for yawning behind the stumps, others questioned the fitness of Pakistani cricketers.
Though it's been three days since Pakistan's forgettable outing, the criticism doesn't seem to stop anytime soon. In a more recent case, dejected Pakistani fan has filed a petition in the Gujranwala Civil Court against Sarfaraz & co, seeking a ban on the squad as well as the sacking of the selection committee.
As per SAMAA news channel, the petitioner, whose name was not revealed, has called for a ban on the cricket team while also demanding chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee to be dissolved. In response to the petition, the judge at the Gujranwala Civil Court in Punjab province has reportedly summoned officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Meanwhile, Geo News also reported that the PCB's Governing Board is expected to decide on major changes to the team's management during its meeting scheduled for 19th June in Lahore. The PCB will be looking to let go of several members of the management including coaches and selectors, the report from London quoted informed sources as saying.
It has been reported that among those expected to be sent packing is coach Mickey Arthur, whose contract will not be renewed by the PCB. Team manager Talat Ali, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and the entire selection committee can also be dismissed. Managing Director of PCB Wasim Khan has cut short his foreign visit and will be attending the Governing Board meeting in Lahore today.
With just one win in five games, the Pakistan cricket team currently finds itself languishing at the lowly ninth spot, just above Afghanistan, with just three points to their name. They will take on South Africa in their next match on 23rd June in London.