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PCB to split captaincy in different forms after WC failure

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to have different captains and coaching staffs for different formats of the game.

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WC failure lead PCB to split captaincy in different forms
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur may have their responsibilities cut off. Photo: ESPNcricinfo

Following a disappointing early exit from the just completed ICC World Cup 2019, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to split captaincy and coaching staffs in different forms of the game before stepping into their next series.

Sarfaraz Ahmed is under the firing line since Pakistan’s seventh straight World Cup defeat against arch-rivals India and failing to reach into the final four ignited the issue of lacking in form and fitness.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source told Press Trust of India that the issue of splitting captaincy along with coaching staffs for different formats will be discussed in the forthcoming Cricket Committee scheduled to happen later this month.

“Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests,” the source said.

Pakistan media reported PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan had a met with one of the members of the Cricket Committee Wasim Akram earlier. However the former captain suggested of retaining Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur for the limited overs cricket until the T20 World Cup.

PCB officer therefore said the board would likely to select new captain for other formats of the game.

“But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats,” he said.

Young gun Babar Azam who produced a consistent performance in the World Cup 2019 and senior batsmen Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are highly probable candidates to take the role of the captaincy of longer-version for Pakistan.

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