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PCB apologises for insensitive tweet after Sarfaraz’s sacking

The tweet was sent as a reply to the T20 World Cup’s official Twitter account with the celebration emojis

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) posted an insensitive tweet, through their official Twitter account on Friday, moments after wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed was removed as the Men in Green’s captain from all formats of the game.

The tweet contained a GIF of batsman Fakhar Zaman dancing along with other players of the national team while Sarfaraz is leaving the scene. The tweet was sent as a reply to the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup’s official Twitter account with the celebration emojis.

Here is ⁦@TheRealPCB⁩ tweet moments after Sarfaraz was sacked. Classy. (Background score courtesy my one-year old) pic.twitter.com/QuCqxQTDXJ

— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) October 18, 2019

The PCB, later, apologised for this post and accepted that the timing of it was wrong.

“This was a pre-planned post as part of the one-year to go #T20WorldCup promotional campaign. The timing of this post clashed with the captaincy announcement for which the PCB offers its regrets,” the board tweeted while replying to the aforementioned post.  

The wicketkeeper-batsman has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour and has been asked by the PCB to regain form in domestic cricket before, inorder to be a part of the side in the future.

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Top-order batsman Azhar Ali is set to take over Pakistan’s Test reigns while prolific batsman Babar Azam has been named as captain of the T20 side.

Earlier, Pakistan’s Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq was reportedly unhappy with Sarfaraz’s captaincy and had already communicated his reservations PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan. The former Pakistan captain had made it clear to the PCB that Sarfaraz should not continue as the captain of the national team.