‘Players not only took their wives…’: Pakistan cricket board unhappy with team’s behaviour in T20 World Cup

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Pakistan’s chaotic campaign for the T20 World Cup in the United States is set to trigger unrest within the country’s cricket board and lead to the formulation of a code of conduct for players, who have been criticised for bringing their families along with them and making paid appearances at promotional events during the tournament. A reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that chairman Mohsin Naqvi was furious with the performance of some senior officials and held them responsible for the indiscipline in the team, which failed to progress beyond the league stage.

“The PCB can be expected to lose senior management and also impose strict policies on players in the future,” the source said.

He said a policy decision banning players from having their families in the ICC and other major events is also expected to be announced soon by the PCB as part of its clean-up operation.

“The fact that so many players not only took their wives and children to the World Cup, but also had their parents, brothers, etc. staying at the team hotel left the president unhappy,” said The source.

He said when investigations were carried out into who had allowed the players to take all their family members on tour, it emerged that some senior board officials were behind the decision.

“Some of these leaders are not professionals but fans of the players and made many concessions to them which ultimately led to the World Cup debacle,” the source said.

He said the PCB chief had now asked for a performance evaluation report from all senior officials in the top management as he was also not happy with the progress of work for the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled for early next year in Pakistan.

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