Babar Azam vs Shaheen Afridi: Wahab Riaz responds to reports of infighting in Pakistan cricket team

10:58 PM | 9 Apr, 2024
Babar Azam vs Shaheen Afridi: Wahab Riaz responds to reports of infighting in Pakistan cricket team
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Babar Azam is the best choice for the team leadership because he is the most experienced skipper in the current team and has best individual statistics, says Wahab Riaz, a selection committee member and senior Pakistan manager of the Pakistan cricket team.

Responding to a query about the rift in the Pakistan cricket team, Wahab said that media reports about grouping in the team over captaincy were mere “speculations”. He said that a section of the media and some segments of social media were portraying the situation like “players are going to kill each other if we don’t send them to Kakul”.

The senior team manager said that there was no truth in the media reports as the players spent a very good and “pleasant time” in Kakul alongside going through training session at the Army School of Physical Training (ASPT) camp.

Elaborating on reasons behind bringing in Azam as captain, again, Riaz said that Shaheen Shah Afridi is main strike bowler and brand name of Pakistan. The team wants him “fresh” for big tournaments ahead and “free mind to execute his skills”, he said.

“All players are united and they play for Pakistan,” added Riaz.

To another question, he also termed former PCB chief Ramiz Raja’s comment regarding pacer Mohammad Amir “negative”.

The famous cricket commentator slammed Amir’s return to the national team who took back his international retirement and opined that tainted cricketers should neither be forgiven and completely expelled from the sport.

He added that every person has right to express his opinion and he would not comment more over Raja’s remarks except calling it very negative.

Meanwhile, Riaz said that the PCB announced a squad of 17 players and five have been kept as reserves, which means that they will be relied upon to perform well ahead of finalising the World Cup squad before April 25.

“We will finalise which boys will be part of the World Cup squad from Pakistan before April 25.”

Commenting on the return of Babar as captain as well as the lack of a vice-captain in the team, Wahab said: “Babar Azam is the white ball captain. As far as the vice-captain is concerned, discussions are still continuing. We want somebody to stand by Babar. We will look into everything that is beneficial for the betterment of the team and make announcements later.”

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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