Islamabad - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
chairperson Shaharyar Khan has slammed the team's performance at the Asia Cup
but admitted it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World
Twenty20 this month.
The 2009 World Twenty20 champions lost to
arch-rivals India and hosts Bangladesh, and only managed to beat United Arab
Emirates, raising serious doubts about their potential to challenge for the
title in the March 8-April 3 tournament.
Shaharyar said everyone from the coach to
those involved in the selection process would be held accountable but added
there would not be no knee-jerk reaction.
"It wasn't just a matter of
disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like
that," Shaharyar told reporters in Lahore.
"The performance was very poor, other than
a few individuals' performances, but I can assure that accountability is
inevitable and whoever is responsible has to answer.
"Changes are important in the
electoral process and leadership but we have to sit and think wisely."
The PCB chairperson, who has emphasized the
importance of conditioning in the shortest format of the game, said at least
three to four players in Shahid Afridi's team appeared unfit.
While the pace attack was impressive in the
tournament, Pakistan's batting let them down. They were bundled out for 83
against India and managed 129-7 against Bangladesh which saw them miss out on a
place in Sunday's final.
"We will bring changes in selectorial
process, coaching process and leadership process," Shaharyar said, adding
that he had already sought advice from senior test batsmen Younis Khan and
Pakistan added fast bowler Mohammad Sami
and batsman Sharjeel Khan to their original squad for the World T20 following
injuries to Babar Azam and Rumman Raes but the PCB chairperson did not rule out
Afridi has also come under intense scrutiny
due to his failures with the bat but Shaharyar said the 36-year-old all-rounder
would captain the side in India.
"I understand there is a lot of
criticism but I am not going to change anything one week before the major
tournament in India," Shaharyar said.