Junaid Khan takes it to twitter to mock the Pakistan Cricket Board after being dropped from the World Cup 2019 squad. Wahab Riaz, who didn’t feature in the preliminary list of players replaces Junaid Khan.
Junaid Khan isn’t missing out on a World Cup 2019 spot for the first time. In 2011, he didn’t find a place in the 11 and had to watch all the games from the dugout.
Again in 2015, an injury ruled him out of the tournament. In 2019, Wahab Riaz, who last played an ODI in 2017 has replaced Junaid Khan.
2019 oust must have hurt him a lot and Junaid takes a dig at the Pakistan Cricket Board with a tweet. He deleted the tweet after a couple of hours, but the pain remains thoroughly evident.
I don’t want to say anything. Truth is bitter. (Sach karwa hotha hai)- Junaid Khan
The Pakistan Cricket Board hasn’t responded to the tweet yet and we can expect action against him for violating the code of conduct.
THE REPLACEMENT SURPRISE
The more surprising thing is the person who replaces Junaid Khan i.e Wahab Riaz, had last appeared in an ODI in 2017 in the Champions Trophy final against India.
Furthermore, in 2018, Mickey Arthur- the coach of the Pakistan cricket team was adamant that Wahab Riaz hadn’t won Pakistan a game in 2 years. He sounded very severe as he questioned Wahab’s work ethics.
I am changing the culture in this Pakistan environment, and I am not interested in players doing just the bare minimum. I want players winning us games of cricket and pushing themselves to be the best they can be. This is a high-performance environment, not a environment where mediocrity is accepted. Unless you are winning games consistently, you are under pressure for your position – Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur’s exact words justifying Wahab’s exclusion from the training camp selected to tour England and Ireland in 2018. Yet, Wahab gets the nod for the World Cup replacing Junaid Khan.
In conclusion, selecting Wahab Riaz to represent Pakistan at the World Cup doesn’t sound-wise. While we are going to miss Junaid Khan in action, it would be interesting to see if Wahab Riaz can deliver, and silence his critics.
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