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‘Sab ko hata do phir bhi kuch nahi hoga’ – Fans react as Morne Morkel resigns as Pakistan bowling coach after ODI World Cup 2023 debacle

The Pakistan team is set to travel to Australia on December 1, establishing a camp for the tour starting November 21.

Morne Morkel resigns

The cracks in the Pakistan cricket set-up are only widening amid the senior men’s team’s floundering World Cup 2023 campaign. The challenges confronting Pakistan Cricket post their exit from the 2023 World Cup continues to mount. The latest development reveals Morne Morkel’s resignation from his role as the bowling coach of the Pakistan Men’s team. The former South African fast bowler, who commenced his six-month contract in June, initiated his tenure during the team’s Sri Lanka tour for a two-match Test series.

The Pakistan Cricket Board will announce Morkel’s successor in due course. Pakistan’s upcoming series is a three-match Test series against Australia, scheduled from December 14, 2023, to January 7, 2024. Additionally, the team is set to travel to Australia on December 1, establishing a camp for the tour starting November 21. It also to be kept in mind that the Pakistan team have never won a series against Australia in Australia.

In the World Cup, Pakistan faced challenges after two initial victories, suffering four consecutive losses, making semifinal qualification virtually impossible in their last league-stage match against England, where they needed to chase down an imposing total of 338 runs within 6.4 overs. This marks the fifth consecutive ODI World Cup where Pakistan failed to reach the semifinals, sparking discussions and concerns in their home country.

Inzamam ul Haq resigned from role of chief selector

Earlier, the former cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq also resigned as Pakistan’s chief selector on November 30. His resignation came during the ongoing ODI Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, prompted by the team’s four consecutive losses. There were also rumours that allegations of a conflict of interest in World Cup team selection dissatisfied him.

Moreover, Inzamam submitted his resignation to PCB chief Zaka Ashraf. The termination of Inzamam’s contract could pose a financial burden, with reports suggesting a possible payout of PKR 15 million. This situation, coupled with the contract controversy and potential conflicts of interest, has cast uncertainty over Inzamam’s past role as chief selector, creating challenges for Pakistan Cricket.

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