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PCB To Review Pakistan's Performance In Last Three Years After World Cup

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  • Pakistan Cricket Board will carry out a "robust review and analysis" of the performances of the national team and its support staff, including head coach Mickey Arthur, in the past three years after the 2015 World Cup
  • With just one victory out of five games, Pakistan's performance has seen a continuous decline, both in terms of quality of the team and the attitude of the players, with many former cricketers, fans, and netizens criticizing the team for its lackadaisical attitude
  • If Pakistan's dismal performance continues, there can be changes expected to the team management including the captain and the head coach, whose contract expires in July 2019

After a disappointing start to the World Cup campaign, the Pakistan Cricket Board will carry out a "robust review and analysis" of the performances of the national team and its support staff, including head coach Mickey Arthur, in the past three years after the 2015 World Cup.

The PCB Board of Governors which met in Lahore on Wednesday also agreed the team's performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to date has been below expectation after their humiliating 89-run loss to arch-rivals India at Old Trafford on June 16. 

Pakistan has managed to win just one of the showpiece tournaments, the 2017 Champions Trophy, after which they have not had a significant tournament victory to their name.

With just one victory out of five games, Pakistan's performance has seen a continuous decline, both in terms of quality of the team and the attitude of the players, with many former cricketers, fans, and netizens criticizing the team for its lackadaisical attitude.   

The PCB said in a statement that the Board of Governors had a discussion on the Pakistan team's recent performance across all formats. However, they expressed confidence in the team to perform well in the remaining four matches and believe that they will bounce back strong and high.

"It was agreed, and as previously stated, following the World Cup 2019, the PCB will carry-out a robust review and analysis of the side's and the team support personnel's performances in the past three years and submit their recommendations to the Chairman and the BoG for their consideration," the statement said.

Pakistan has been struggling for a while - which has seen them record their longest losing streak stretching across 11 matches in ODIs in 2019 and lost their first-ever Test series in the UAE since they adopted it as 'home venue'. 

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If Pakistan's dismal performance continues, there can be changes expected to the team management including the captain and the head coach, whose contract expires in July 2019. The call for the review amid the World Cup has been opposed by many as they believe that Pakistan is very well alive in the tournament.

Players were reportedly seen having a night-out before the game against India which fuelled the anger of Pakistani fans. 

Pakistan's dressing room has also seen disturbances as players are divided amongst themselves, not being able to find a consistent eleven. With just Babar Ali and Fakhar Zaman scoring the runs and Mohammad Amir taking wickets, the rest of the team hasn't been up to expected standards. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was also heavily critiqued for not following the advice of former skipper and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and for yawning in between the game against India.

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