Ahmed Shehzad Calls for PCB Chairman’s Intervention After Gary Kirsten’s Critique on Team Unity

Pakistan’s batter Ahmed Shehzad has responded sharply to head coach Gary Kirsten’s critical remarks about the team’s unity, fitness, and skill set following their early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024. The comments came after Pakistan’s elimination from the group stage, sparking widespread concern among cricket fans and officials alike.

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In a candid post-match discussion, Kirsten highlighted several issues plaguing the Pakistan cricket team. According to sources, Kirsten expressed frustration over the team’s fitness levels and skill set, noting that the players were significantly behind other international teams.

Furthermore, Kirsten pointed out a lack of unity within the squad, an issue he found unprecedented in his extensive coaching career.

“There’s no unity in Pakistan’s team. They call it a team, but it isn’t a team. They aren’t supporting each other; everyone is separated, left and right. I’ve worked with many teams, but I’ve never seen such a situation,” TOI quoted Kirsten.

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Reacting to Kirsten’s comments, Ahmed Shehzad took to X (formerly Twitter) to call for immediate action from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi. “If Gary Kirsten’s team talk is true, it’s not shocking at all. We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping, and crackdown is the only option. The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for the next generation of cricketers. PCB chairman must take notice,” Shehzad wrote.

Shehzad emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and corrective measures to address the issues identified by Kirsten. He suggested that any players contributing to the lack of unity and poor performance should be held accountable and possibly excluded from the team until improvements are made.

The controversy erupted after Pakistan‘s disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup, where they managed only two wins out of four games. Their shock defeat to the USA and loss to India were particularly damaging, resulting in their elimination before the Super 8 stage. Despite a three-wicket victory against Ireland in their last group match, held at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, Pakistan finished third in Group A.

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Kirsten has made it clear that moving forward, only players who show significant improvement in fitness, skill level, and team unity will be considered for selection. “The players who improve these aforementioned things will be in the team; otherwise, they will be excluded,” Kirsten asserted.

The PCB is now under pressure to address these issues and ensure that the team is better prepared for future international competitions. The call for accountability and unity within the team has resonated with fans and former players, who are eagerly awaiting the board’s response to Kirsten’s critique and Shehzad’s plea for intervention.

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Pakistan's batter Ahmed Shehzad has responded sharply to head coach Gary Kirsten's critical remarks about the team's unity, fitness, and skill set following their early exit from the T20 World Cup 2024. The comments came after Pakistan's elimination from the group stage, sparking widespread concern among cricket fans and officials alike.

In a candid post-match discussion, Kirsten highlighted several issues plaguing the Pakistan cricket team. According to sources, Kirsten expressed frustration over the team's fitness levels and skill set, noting that the players were significantly behind other international teams.

Furthermore, Kirsten pointed out a lack of unity within the squad, an issue he found unprecedented in his extensive coaching career.

"There's no unity in Pakistan's team. They call it a team, but it isn't a team. They aren't supporting each other; everyone is separated, left and right. I've worked with many teams, but I've never seen such a situation," TOI quoted Kirsten.

Reacting to Kirsten's comments, Ahmed Shehzad took to X (formerly Twitter) to call for immediate action from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi. "If Gary Kirsten's team talk is true, it's not shocking at all. We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It's time for accountability, this team is plagued with grouping, and crackdown is the only option. The players involved must be punished and an example should be set for the next generation of cricketers. PCB chairman must take notice," Shehzad wrote.

Shehzad emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and corrective measures to address the issues identified by Kirsten. He suggested that any players contributing to the lack of unity and poor performance should be held accountable and possibly excluded from the team until improvements are made.

The controversy erupted after Pakistan's disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup, where they managed only two wins out of four games. Their shock defeat to the USA and loss to India were particularly damaging, resulting in their elimination before the Super 8 stage. Despite a three-wicket victory against Ireland in their last group match, held at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, Pakistan finished third in Group A.

Kirsten has made it clear that moving forward, only players who show significant improvement in fitness, skill level, and team unity will be considered for selection. "The players who improve these aforementioned things will be in the team; otherwise, they will be excluded," Kirsten asserted.

The PCB is now under pressure to address these issues and ensure that the team is better prepared for future international competitions. The call for accountability and unity within the team has resonated with fans and former players, who are eagerly awaiting the board's response to Kirsten's critique and Shehzad's plea for intervention.

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