The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Cricket Committee conducted its first review of the year in Lahore on Tuesday. Chairman of the committee, former test wicket-keeper Saleem Yousuf overlooked the meeting.
PCB women’s chief selector and head of the women’s cricket, Urooj Mumtaz attended the meeting at the Gaddafi Stadium, while Umar Gul and Wasim Akram attended the online session. Zakir Khan, Director of International Cricket along with PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan also participated in the meeting.
Analyzing and reviewing the performances of the men’s team in the last 16 months, the committee said that the performances have been very unsatisfactory. However, they concluded that it is the COVID-19 situation that affected their performances.
The team played 10 Tests, five ODIs, and 17 T20Is during the said period. Out of the 10 Tests, Pakistan lost five matches, while the side won only seven matches in all the T20Is. The only satisfactory results were from ODIs in which they won four out of five matches.
PCB Cricket Committee Chairman Saleem Yousuf said, “There is no denying the fact that we all want to see our side ranked amongst the top three or four cricket playing nations and our recent performances do justice with neither those expectations nor the talent we boast.
“Nevertheless, we also need to take into consideration a number of other factors and the committee were of the view that cricket during the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the biggest contributing factors in the side’s dismal performances. The challenges of playing in Covid-19 protocols have not only been faced by the Pakistan men’s national team but by all the sides presently involved in international cricket and these concerns have been regularly raised by the team coaches and elite cricketers.
The committee has recommended PCB to continue their support for the team, and indicated that they will hold another round of review meeting after the completion of Pakistan’s South Africa series.