To counter mounting speculation, PCB has released a statement stating that there has been no change in the position as far as contracts for Chief selector and team Coaches go. As has been the stated position positioned will be reviewed post World Cup.
Since, yesterday a foreign news agency had claimed that it has been decided in principle that Mickey Arthur’s and Inzamam ul Haq’s contracts will not be renewed, irrespective of the World Cup results. Former Pakistan captain Amir Sohail was being lined up as Inzamam’s replacement. The final decision of replacement will be made by Wasim Khan, it was claimed. It is worth noting that both coach and chief selectors were appointed by last PCB management.
However, PCB released a strong rebuttal to the story claiming that no decision will be made and questioned the timing of the story.
“At a time when the entire country and the Pakistan cricket fans are getting behind the national side, the release and subsequent publication of a factious story, such as this one, seems to be an attempt to derail the Pakistan cricket team’s campaign in the ICC Cricket World Cup by creating unnecessary disturbance in camp.
“The PCB has fully backed and supported the chief selector, coach and player support personnel, and will continue to do so at the upcoming tournament. The PCB further clarifies that there has been no discussion or decision on the future management of the Pakistan cricket team, which will only be reviewed following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” the PCB said.
The PCB also termed it unfortunate that the local media didn’t verify the story before republishing it from a foreign agency.
Mickey Arthur and Inzamam ul Haq, have been serving on their roles for 3 years now and their contracts are to finish with the World Cup 2019.