Bad news for the Pakistani fans of Shadab Khan
Pakistan's Chief Selector, Wahab Riaz, recently addressed concerns surrounding the performance of spinners Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. The duo faced criticism from former cricketers, experts, and fans for their lackluster displays throughout the tournament.
Notably, both Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz managed to secure only two wickets each in the World Cup, contributing to the disappointment surrounding their performances.
In a conversation with a cricket website, Wahab Riaz highlighted the team's reliance on players who had been part of the squad for the past three to four years.
Expressing his disappointment, Riaz pointed out that despite Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz delivering below-par performances, the team management did not explore alternative options, hinting at possible replacement for both of them.
The suboptimal showing of the national men's cricket team in the World Cup 2023 prompted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to implement significant changes, including the appointment of new captains for the Test and T20I formats.
With five losses, the most in their World Cup history, including defeats against Afghanistan and South Africa, Pakistan finished fifth in the standings with eight points. This led to Babar Azam stepping down as the all-format captain, as the team failed to qualify for the semifinals.