Cricketers’ request turned down

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Pakistan’s World Cup2019 performance satisfactory: Sarfraz, Arthur
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has turned down the request of several Pakistan players to play the entire English county season. Top-order batsmen Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, all-rounders Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim and pacer Mohammad Amir are currently participating in the Vitality T20 Blast, whereas opener Azhar Ali and pacer Mohammad Abbas are playing the County Championship in England.
According to reports, several Pakistan players had requested the PCB to allow them to play the entire season. However, the board has decided against the request as they want the players to return to Pakistan by early September and take part in the domestic matches. Pakistan domestic season is expected to begin from September 12, whereas the Vitality T20 Blast finals day is scheduled for September 21.
Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, head coach Mickey Arthur and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq have defended team’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and termed it satisfactory. A session of the PCB cricket committee was held at the Gaddafi Stadium to analyze the Green Shirts’ performance in the recently held World Cup as well as in the past three years, and to determine the fate of the captain and the head coach.
The meeting continued for around six hours during which Sarfraz Ahmed, Mickey Arthur and Inzamam-ul-Haq were questioned. The committee members gave their opinions regarding the appointment of new skipper, and sources have revealed that Sarfraz Ahmed will presumably be removed as captain from all three formats.
Mickey Arthur wished to continue his job as the head coach of Pakistan team, and some committee members have recommended to extend his contract till the 2020 T20 World Cup. Let it be known that Pakistan had failed to qualify for the semifinals of the World Cup – held in England and Wales and ended up at the fifth position behind England, New Zealand, Australia and India.

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