PCB Postpones T20 World Cup Squad Announcement Amid Fitness Concerns

PCB Postpones T20 World Cup Squad Announcement Amid Fitness Concerns

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has postponed the announcement of its T20 World Cup squad until late May, citing fitness and performance concerns surrounding several players. The PCB intends to reveal its squad on May 23 or 24, adhering to the ICC's deadline for teams to adjust their squads without consulting the WC Technical Committee.

The management and selectors are closely monitoring the niggling injuries of Muhammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Irfan Khan Niazi, and Haris Rauf. Their performances, along with others, during the tours of Ireland and England will be scrutinized before finalizing the squad.

The selectors will first announce the squad for the forthcoming tours, after which the team management and selectors will evaluate the fitness and performance of the chosen players before making the World Cup squad public. India, Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand have all announced their WC squads to date.

"It (delay) doesn't matter because all these teams can change their entire squad by 24th May after that changes can only be allowed on fitness or injury basis with approval of the technical committee," a PCB source said. "That is why the PCB and selectors have decided to hold off until after the first match in England."

The source emphasized that the selectors aim to provide Babar Azam and other players with ample time to re-establish their camaraderie and cohesion in the dressing room before unveiling the World Cup squad. This extended period will enable the team to foster the kind of unity and synergy crucial for a successful campaign. The selectors are keen on creating an environment where players feel comfortable and connected, laying a strong foundation for the challenges ahead in the World Cup.

"For the time being we have sent a provisional squad to the ICC for public relations and promotion purposes," the source said.

Tags: #PakistanCricket, #T20WorldCup, #SquadAnnouncement, #FitnessConcerns, #PerformanceMonitoring

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