File image of Zaka Ashraf© Twitter
The chairman of Pakistan Cricket Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf, has arrived in India to participate in the ICC Executive Board meeting in Ahmedabad on Saturday. Zaka, accompanied by chief operating officer Salman Nasser, will also be present at the World Cup final on Sunday. The ICC EB meeting is set to review the World Cup’s conduct, revenue collection, and spectator attendance. It will also address the future of 50-over cricket and the potential hosting of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in 2025, as per PCB sources.
Zaka had previously visited Ahmedabad to witness the high-profile Pakistan vs India match on October 14, which India won by seven wickets.
Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the World Cup semifinals led to Babar Azam stepping down from captaincy on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi expressed his excitement and gratitude after being appointed as the country’s new T20I captain. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named Afridi as T20I captain following Babar Azam’s resignation from captaincy in all three formats.
Babar’s decision to step down occurred after Pakistan’s failure to progress to the knockout stages of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Pakistan had a disappointing performance in the ICC World Cup in India, finishing fifth with eight points from nine matches. Babar scored 320 runs in nine World Cup matches, the third highest for Pakistan, with an average of 40 and a strike rate of 82.90.
Afridi expressed his honor and delight at leading Pakistan’s T20I team, and stated his commitment to bringing success to the Men in Green on the cricket field.
With ANI inputs
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