PCB recalls team's media manager to Pakistan midway through World Cup

Umar Farooq will assume the role of media manager, replacing Iftikhar Nagi for the remainder of the World Cup

October 26, 2023
Umar Farooq will replace Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi for the remainder of the World Cup - X/@ahsannagi

KARACHI: Signs of transformation within Pakistan men's cricket team have emerged even before the conclusion of the ICC Men's World Cup 2023.

A decision has been taken to call back the Green Shirts' media manager Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi to Pakistan.

PCB's Media Consultant, Umar Farooq Kalson, will travel to India on an urgent basis. Umar Farooq will assume the role of media manager, replacing Iftikhar Nagi for the remainder of the World Cup.

Earlier today, PCB released a statement in support of the squad which is participating in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2023 in India.

Pakistan have their backs against the wall after facing three back-to-back defeats during the mega event, which has made their path to the semi-finals difficult.

Amid criticism from former cricketers and fans, the PCB has urged the cricket fraternity to back the Men in Green ahead of the remaining World Cup matches.

“The PCB acknowledges the emotions and sentiments of cricket fans following the three consecutive defeats faced by the national team in the ICC World Cup 2023. In this challenging environment, the board administration hopes that the cricketing fraternity and fans will continue to support captain Babar Azam and the entire Pakistan cricket team,” the PCB said in a press release.

“The national team still has four crucial matches remaining in the round-robin stage, and the PCB is optimistic that the team will regroup, overcome the setbacks and perform positively and effectively in the upcoming fixtures.

“Addressing the media scrutiny directed at captain Babar Azam and the team management, the board's stance, echoing former cricketers, is that successes and defeats are part of the game. Captain Babar Azam and Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were given freedom and support in forming the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023.

“Looking ahead, the board will make decisions in the best interest of Pakistan cricket based on the team's performances in the World Cup. At present, the PCB encourages fans, former players and stakeholders to rally behind the team as they strive to make a triumphant comeback in the mega-event.”

The Green Shirts will now play South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand and England – all the games are now must win for them, if they want to qualify for the semis.