PCB apologises for insensitive tweet after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s sacking as captain

The Statesman

The Statesman

Author 2019-10-19 15:56:00

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Pakistan Cricket Board. (Photo: Twitter/@TheRealPCB)

Soon after wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as Pakistan skipper in Test and T20I cricket, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committed a major blunder by posting a video from their official Twitter account, where some of the Pakistani players were seen dancing. However, after realising the mistake, the board issued a statement and said that the video was pre-planned and had nothing to do with the latest development.

“The PCB apologies for this post and accepts the timing of it was wrong. This was a pre-planned post as part of the one-year to go #T20WorldCup promotional campaign. The timing of this post clashed with the captaincy announcement for which the PCB offers its regrets,” PCB wrote.

After a string of low scores in Tests and T20Is, Sarfaraz lost his job as the captain of the Pakistan team in both the formats ahead of the forthcoming tour of Australia. While Azhar Ali has been named the captain of the Pakistan team in Test matches, Babar Azam has been given the responsibility of leading the team in the shortest format of the game.

Azhar’s appointment as captain lasts till the first cycle of ICC World Test Championships which ends in June 2021. On the other hand, Babar Azam will lead the team in the shortest format at least until the T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia next year.

Under Sarfaraz’s captaincy, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy in 2017 and rose to the top of the T20I rankings. However, his axing was on the cards after the team’s T20 series defeat at home against a severely-depleted Sri Lanka side.

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