Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani rules out drastic changes after Australia drubbing

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani has ruled out any changes in the national selection committee and the team management before the upcoming World Cup, in the aftermath of the whitewash against Australia in the just-concluded ODI series.

Press Trust of India, Apr 01, 2019 21:19:31 IST

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has ruled out any changes in the national selection committee and the team management before the upcoming World Cup, in the aftermath of the whitewash against Australia in the just-concluded ODI series.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani rules out drastic changes after Australia drubbing

File image of Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani. Reuters

The selection committee and team management including head coach, Mickey Arthur is under fire after the disastrous five-match series against Australia, but Mani said the time was not right for making any changes.

"We will assess the performance of the selectors and management after the World Cup," he said.

"The team management is just not the head coach. It is about all the other coaches and the support staff. Their performances will be reviewed after the World Cup," he added.

Asked if he was worried about the results against Australia, Mani said the selectors and management had solid reasons for resting six regular players against Australia.

He said some of the players were carrying injuries and pacer, Hasan Ali himself had requested for a break.

"They have been playing non-stop cricket since September and we felt it would be best if the team went fresh to the World Cup," Mani said.

He said that the defeats to Australia were obviously disappointing but the team had ample matches and practice time before the World Cup.

The selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq had rested captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Hasan, Shadab Khan, Babar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Fakhar Zaman for the Australia series in the UAE where Pakistan were beaten in all five matches.

Mani also said that he doesn't interfering in matters related to the selection committee and team management.

"But after the World Cup we will take stock of their performances and the future plan of Pakistan cricket," he said.

Since winning the Champions Trophy in June, 2017, Pakistan has won just 15 ODIs and 12 of those victories included five wins over a depleted Sri Lankan outfit, Zimbabwe and one win each over Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

Struggling at the sixth position in the ODI rankings, Pakistan is scheduled to leave early for England around April 24 to began its preparations for the World Cup.

Updated Date: Apr 01, 2019 21:19:31 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254