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Gary Kirsten's remarks about disunity in Pakistan cricket team 'not shocking at all': Ahmed Shehzad

09:34 PM | 18 Jun, 2024
Gary Kirsten's remarks about disunity in Pakistan cricket team 'not shocking at all': Ahmed Shehzad
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Cricketer-turned-analyst Ahmed Shehzad stated that Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten’s alleged remarks on disunity within the Pakistan cricket team following their humiliating exit from the World Cup 2024 were “not shocking at all.”

According to a report by Geo Super, Kirsten reprimanded the team for their poor performance at the tournament. Pakistan, champions in 2009 and runners-up in 2007 and 2022, made a swift exit after losing their first two matches from winning positions.

A stunning super-over defeat to the United States was followed by a six-run loss to rivals India, where Pakistan failed to chase a modest 120-run target.

Rain then led to equal points being distributed in the match between Ireland and the USA, indirectly knocking Pakistan out of the T20 World Cup group stages for the first time in their history.

In a meeting with the squad, Kirsten reportedly offered a blunt assessment of the team’s unity, stating that the players were divided, something he had not seen in other teams he had worked with.

Commenting on Kirsten’s alleged remarks, Shehzad, an outspoken critic of the cricket board and the current team leadership, said: “We have been saying this throughout the World Cup. It’s time for accountability. This team is plagued with grouping, and a crackdown is the only option.”

“The players involved must be punished, and an example should be set for the next generation of cricketers. The PCB chairman must take notice,” he added.

Commentary great Harsha Bhogle also weighed in on the situation, saying, “When a private conversation within a dressing room is leaked, with a few embellishments, it exposes the insecurity within.”

“It will be a learning curve for Gary Kirsten, but he is a good man, and Pakistan will do well to seek the benefits of his knowledge,” Bhogle said in a post on X.

“When he was with India, he was surrounded by some tough people but also players of impeccable character,” Bhogle added. “It created a fabulous combination.”

Meanwhile, former India spinner Harbhajan Singh invited Kirsten to “come back to coach” team India, whom he led to victory in the 2011 World Cup on home soil.

In his post on X, Singh described Kirsten as one of the rare gems of cricket: “A great coach, mentor, honest, and a very dear friend to all in our 2011 Team. Our winning coach of the 2011 World Cup. Special man Gary.”

Current Indian head coach Rahul Dravid is set to vacate the position at the end of the month when his contract expires, with Gautam Gambhir in the leading position to take over.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today Open Market Rates - 15 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 15, 2024 (Monday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.8 for buying and 280.75 for selling. Euro's buying rate moves up to 301.25 and selling rate is 303.15.

British Pound rate is 355.15 for buying, and 358.65 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.65.

Currency Rates Today

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)       
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.8 280.75
Euro EUR 301.25 303.15
UK Pound Sterling GBP 355.15 358.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.65 74.37
Australian Dollar AUD 184.55 186.35
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741 749
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.75 205.75
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202 204
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 309.15 311.65
Thai Bhat THB 7.5 7.65



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