Pakistan have lost their fourth game in a row in the ODI World Cup 2023. They were beaten by South Africa by one wicket on Friday. They have been criticised by former players and experts for their poor show in the marquee event. Now former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has made a shocking confession about the Pakistan Cricket Team.
He has revealed that the Pakistan Cricket Team is yet to receive their payments and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf, has been ignoring text messages of current national team skipper Babar Azam and not paying their salaries. This is not the first time that the team has not received their payments. They have not received their payments in the last five months.
Babar's captaincy has been under scrutiny after their poor show in the tournament. The Men in Green is almost out of the race for the semi-final of the World Cup. He has been suggested to leave the captaincy and focus on his batting skills as well by the former skipper Shoaib Malik.
Babar Azam has been messaging the chairman: Rashid Latif
Latif said on PTV Sports, "Babar Azam has been messaging the chairman. But he is not responding. He even texted Salman Naseer (PCB COO). But he did not respond either. What it is the reason that he is not responding to his captain? Then, you are giving out a press release. You are also saying the central contracts will be redone. Players have not received salaries for five months. Should the players listen to you?."
Previously PCB stated, "Addressing the media scrutiny directed at captain Babar Azam and the team management, the board's stance, echoing that of former cricketers, is that successes and defeats are part of the game. Captain Babar Azam and Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were given freedom and support in forming the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023."
"Looking ahead, the board will make decisions in the best interest of Pakistan cricket based on the team's performances in the World Cup. At present, the PCB encourages fans, former players and stakeholders to rally behind the team as they strive to make a triumphant comeback in the mega-event."