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PCB sacks Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq

The 2009 champions were defeated by debutants and co-hosts, the United States, and subsequently exited during the group stage of the 20-team tournament.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dismissed selectors Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq on Wednesday following the team’s disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup last month.

The 2009 champions were defeated by debutants and co-hosts, the United States, and subsequently exited during the group stage of the 20-team tournament.

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“The Pakistan Cricket Board … has notified Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz that their services will no longer be required in the national selection committee setup,” stated the PCB.

Razzaq was part of both the men’s and women’s selection committees, while Wahab remained a prominent member of the men’s seven-member selection committee despite being removed as panel chief earlier this year.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi had promised significant changes following the team’s World Cup performances. After the team’s six-run loss to arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup, he heavily criticized the team management and suggested that the Babar Azam-led side needed “major surgery.”

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“I thought the team required minor surgery to start winning matches but now it appears that we have to go for major surgery,” Mohsin was quoted saying by Pakistani media in New York.

Mohsin also expressed the need to consider players who have been on the sidelines for some time.

“It is very disappointing the way we lost to the USA and now this loss to India. We need to now start looking at players beyond those in the team right now,” he added.