“Afridi assured me that he will retire after the World Cup, but if he still wants to play, it is up to him,” he said. “In the latter case he will play only as a player.”
While talking to the media the PCB chairman said there aren’t going to be any changes in the team during the World Cup.
When asked about hiring a new coach Shaharyar Khan said there is no harm in hiring a foreigner coach. “The new coach could be local or foreigner,” he said.
Khan further said that the defeat against India is a huge step backwards, but the team should forget about it and move on. “They should focus on the upcoming two matches, which are necessary to win in order to qualify for the semifinals.”
The PCB chairman said the security provided to the cricketers was satisfactory and that the board wants to renew cricket relations with India.
“We want to restart formal cricket relations with India,” he said. “For that ECB Chairman Giles Clark is coming to Pakistan in April.” Khan asserted that it’s due to the Indian government that a bilateral series between India and Pakistan is not taking place.
On a question regarding Imran Khan’s meeting with the team the PCB chairman said the World Cup winning captain went to India to share his experience with the boys. “It is a good step by the former captain,” the PCB chairman said.
“Pakistani team has not had any security issues in India. Foolproof security has been provided by Indian government,” Khan said. “Furthermore, ICC has given a positive report regarding security in Pakistan, which is a positive thing for Pakistani cricket.
The PCB chairman lauded the Women cricket team’s performance after their win over India.
“I have especially congratulated the Pakistani Women Cricket team on defeating India,” he told the media. “It is definitely a great victory for the women team and they deserve huge appreciation.