Ehsan Mani said on Wednesday “My innings as PCB chairman, in real terms, is going to start now as some important decisions regarding new team management, national selection committee and others are set to be taken within a few weeks time.”
He added,“I did not make any change in the team management and also retained Sarfraz Ahmed as captain because the World Cup was just a few months away when I took charge as PCB chairman.”
When asked how much time he would take to complete amendments in the cricket set-up, Mani said he was not in a hurry citing the decisions to be taken were of significant nature.
The PCB chief maintained “All the decisions will be taken while keeping in view Pakistan team’s activities during the next four years. We will go through a proper process before making any changes.”
Pakistan had an unfortunate finish to their World Cup campaign in England where Sarfraz and his men failed to qualify for the semi-finals as New Zealand, having equal number of points (11 each) in group stage, were qualified on the basis of net run-rate which was relatively high as compared to Pakistan. On Wednesday, New Zealand beat India by 18 runs in a close semi-final at Manchester.
To a question, Mani said his latest meeting with head coach Mickey Arthur in London was a routine interaction.
Asked if Arthur offered to extend his services as Pakistan head coach, Mani responded in positive but added that any decision in this regard would be made later. “Yes, Arthur showed his interest to carry on his job but I can’t say any word on this subject unless the PCB cricket committee, which is going to start assessing the performance of the team management and others in a few days, completes its report.”
While enlightening that Sarfraz was also interested in captaincy, Mani said he would not say anything further on it. He said “It will be unfair to comment on it before the completion of the cricket committee’s recommendations.”
Asked whether the PCB would have restricted options in selecting the next captain if the cricket committee recommendations went against Sarfraz, Mani again avoided commenting on it.
To a question on Pakistan’s show in the World Cup, Mani said though there were a number of ifs and buts the cricket committee was the right forum to analyze it technically.