Ramiz Raja, the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), met with the national cricket squad in Lahore on Tuesday to discuss the new direction of Pakistan cricket. Ramiz discussed several aspects of Pakistan cricket and advised the players to adapt to modern cricket and play with abandon. The players were also asked about their anxieties and apprehensions, according to ESPNcricinfo, and they gave their thoughts on a variety of topics. During an open-ended meeting, the players discussed the subject of coaching, double standards in selection, and a variety of other topics.
One of the players stated that they would rather have a foreign coach than a local coach because local coaches are less experienced.
According to the report,
The players are constantly aware that a local coach may exploit their flaws rather than working with them to improve them. According to one athlete, communicating with coaches about the situation causes players to be fired, which makes it even more difficult to talk to them about it.
Players also expressed their dissatisfaction with the PCB’s double standards in terms of selection, according to the article. The players claimed they were informed there would be no compromising on fitness requirements, although there have been a few instances in the past where individuals were chosen who did not satisfy the needed fitness criteria.
According to one player,
If we have to be courageous in trying for 350 in an ODI, there’s a chance we’ll end up at 160 or 200 all out one day. Is the board, on the other hand, willing to allow us that space to be fearless? Because adjusting to modernity will be impossible without the assistance and endorsement of the board and management.
The players also discussed the role of social media on the team’s selection. They said that a lot of stats are shared on social media without any context of match situations or conditions, which has an impact on selection strategy.