PCB set to revamp Pak team management following Sri Lankan debacle

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Karachi, Aug. 8 (ANI): Following the Pakistan cricket team's dismal Sri Lankan tour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is expected to overhaul the team management.

The News quoted PCB sources, as saying that the team's manager and assistant manager are likely to be sacked, while the coach and captain will be asked for an explanation once the team returns home on August 13.

Pakistan lost the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka 0-2. It is the first time ever that Pakistan have lost a Test series in Sri Lanka. Continuing the rout, Sri Lanka won the five-match one-day series against Pakistan 3-0.

Another question that the team management may find difficult to answer is-reports surfacing that bookies tried to contact the Pakistani players in Galle and Colombo during the Test series, the report said.

Team manager Yawar Saeed had confirmed the reports initially, but after getting a dressing down from the PCB top brass, he denied them, it added.

According to sources, Saeed, 73, was made team manager because of his proximity with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, but his failure to deal with sensitive issues has made it clear that he is not the right man for the job.

Similarly, assistant manager Mohammad Ahmed has also been asked to quit the post.

Some influential officials in the PCB governing board are also gunning for the resignation of Intikhab Alam, the team's coach, the paper said.

Some critics believe that captain Younis Khan is also responsible for the spate of defeats in Sri Lanka as he has failed to unite the team even after a stunning title-winning triumph in the ICC World Twenty20 championship in England last month, it added.

Sources, however, said that the fate of the duo will be decided after Butt holds separate meetings with Intikhab and Younis next week. (ANI)

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