According to a Daily Jang article from Monday, spinner Shadab Khan’s status as the squad’s vice-captain is in jeopardy. Owing to his poor showing during the Asia Cup 2023, Pakistan selectors are considering whether to take him for the ODI World Cup 2023. The Pakistan Cricket Board will reveal their final 15-man squad by Thursday for the ODI World Cup 2023.
Babar Azam, the captain, and top selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had discussions in this regard and will meet PCB president Zaka Ashraf in Lahore today to address squad-related issues. The 1992 World Cup winners’ humbling departure from the Asia Cup 2023 has rendered the selection process challenging because some veteran players, notably Fakhar Zaman as well as Shadab Khan, have underperformed throughout tournament.
Additionally, numerous players had injuries in the later stages of the regional competition, which some analysts attribute to the board’s improper monitoring of cricketers’ workloads. The magazine claims that the board is also considering a few administrative reforms. No significant changes are anticipated, although the magazine said that Shadab Khan’s position within the team is in jeopardy because of his subpar performance. Abrar Ahmed might be taking the veteran’s spot in the ODI World Cup 2023.
Shaheen Shah Afridi set to be appointed as vice-captain
In a remarkable change of events, left-arm bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is currently seen as the front-runner to the important role, is set to be named the next vice-captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Babar Azam came under fire for his leadership during the just ended Asia Cup 2023 after the Green Shirts’ subpar performances against their traditional foes India and Sri Lanka.
Shadab Khan got six wickets with an average of 40.83 over five matches in the 2023 Asia Cup. His consistent selection for the team by captain Babar Azam has drawn criticism. Shaheen, who currently boasts 255 international wickets and two PSL championships to his credit (2022 and 2023) will have adequeate responsibility if given this chance
Fans react to reports of Shadab Khan getting axed from ODI World Cup 2023 squad: –
Abrar Ahmed likely to replace Shadab Khan in the World Cup squad of Pakistan. (GeoNews). pic.twitter.com/OhToPqf7WS
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 19, 2023
— ? (@Alreadysad__) September 19, 2023
This is big breaking and shocking news from pakistan cricket board. Shadab khan is out ??????
— SHADZ TV (@shadabansari40) September 19, 2023
Imad Wasim could have been a better choice
— Hussain (@imhussy92) September 19, 2023
Kohli has broken this Pakistani squad?
— ????????!??_?? (@bholination) September 19, 2023
This is TOTALLY RUBBISH. The Competition is between Abrar and Usama Mir. Shadab will be the Vice Captain of the team.
— Waqar Afridi (@WakaAfridi) September 19, 2023
Not possible shadab is very good player and very imp for pak
— Abhishek Sharma (Token 2049 Singapore) (@abhi_blockchain) September 19, 2023
World cup is ours??
— Doctor Adani™ (@AdaniHu) September 19, 2023
Agree or argue Indian team has broke the Pakistan from inside
— Ansh Shah (@asmemesss) September 19, 2023
Whaaat are they serious? Awesome let them do it good for oppositions
— Archer (@poserarcher) September 19, 2023