PCB Apologises For Posting Pak Cricketers' Dance Video After Sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed As Captain
Ever since their dismal outing at the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been hell-bent on fixing impending issues in the national team to prepare themselves better for future assignments. The PCB got rid of coach Mickey Arthur and the majority of the support staff. There have been noticeable changes in developmental cricket in the country and, there has also been a key focus on the diet of the cricketers.
In a bid to bring in a major overhaul of the national team, the PCB recently took another key decision by sacking Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of their Test and T20I sides. The cricket board has elevated the likes of Azhar Ali and Babar Azam to leadership roles in Tests and T20Is respectively.
Sarfaraz has been calling the shots as captain for Pakistan in all three formats for the last two years. He was at the helm of affairs when Pakistan sprung a surprise on arch-rivals India to win the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. But, his captaincy has come under scrutiny in the last two years.
Under his captaincy, Pakistan has slipped in Test and ODI team rankings. And, more recently, a depleted Sri Lankan side whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in the T20I series at home. With his own form suffering with the bat, speculations were rife that the new head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq would bring in considerable changes, with many expecting an axe on Sarfaraz.
While it's too early to comment on whether the move will aid Pakistan or not, the PCB found themselves in a peculiar situation after their recent decision. Right after announcing Sarfaraz's sacking, the PCB released a video of the Pakistan squad dancing during a training session.
Here is @TheRealPCB tweet moments after Sarfaraz was sacked. Classy. (Background score courtesy my one-year old) pic.twitter.com/QuCqxQTDXJ— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) October 18, 2019
In a video shared by a journalist on social media, Pakistani cricketers can be seen dancing. The video was captioned: "Here is @TheRealPCB tweet moments after Sarfaraz was sacked. Classy. (Background score courtesy my one-year-old)".
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.— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 18, 2019
After being called out on Twitter, the PCB was quick to delete their insensitive tweet and rendered an apology. "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," the PCB tweeted.