Furious PCB chief seeks clarification
Livid after India thumped Pakistan in the ongoing tri-series in Bangladesh, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Nasim Ashraf has shot off an e-mail to team manager Talat Ali seeking an immediate explanation on issues including team selection, Shoaib Malik's captaincy and the role played by Australian coach Geoff Lawson.
In a clear indication that the thumping defeat, India's biggest win over the arch-rivals, has not gone down well with the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ashraf has asked Talat Ali to clarify within the next 24 hours.
"Last night's performance against India in which we lost by over 100 runs was embarrassing. It is not a question of losing a match but our overall performance and the lack of resolve and commitment bothered me," Ashraf wrote in his e-mail.
In his mail, Ashraf raised a number of issues and also reprimanded the team management for its glaring blunders and asked it to draw up a proper strategy before the expected final against India on the June 14.
"I am writing this to you in your capacity as Chairman of the tour selection committee with copies to Malik and Lawson. Please discuss these points today and give us your considered response within the next 24 hours so that timely action can be taken before the next match against India," Ashraf wrote in the mail, which was widely reported in the local media on Thursday.
The PCB chairman lashed out at the tour selection committee's decision to drop spinning all-rounder Fawad Alam and play pacer Rao Iftikhar and noted that playing four fast bowlers against India was a folly.
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