PCB issues apology for ‘pre-planned’ tweet after Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked as Test captain

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On a day when the PCB sacked its Test and T20I captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, a tweet celebrating the 1-year countdown to the T20 World Cup 2020 was found to be in poor taste by many on Twitter.

PCB sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test and T20I captain on Friday

PCB sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test and T20I captain on Friday (Getty Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PCB sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as Test and T20I captain on Friday
  • PCB later tweeted a GIF of Fakhar Zaman celebrating
  • PCB issued an apology for the bad timing of the post

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has come under severe criticism on social media after posting a GIF which seemed like the board was poking fun at outgoing Test and T20I captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, moments after the latter was sacked from the national team. The PCB, however, later apologized for the said tweet.

The post and the GIF which has since been deleted by the PCB was uploaded on Twitter prompting angry reactions from cricket fans. After being targetted heavily in the comments section, the PCB issued an apology saying that the timing of the post was ‘wrong’.

The deleted tweet showed a GIF of Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman dancing, while another member of the Pakistan set-up waved away Sarfaraz by pointing a finger. Coming soon after the ex-captain’s sacking, it should suffice to say that the tweet seemed to be in poor taste at least.

“The PCB apologies for this post and accepts 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”: replied PCB.

Veteran batsman Azhar Ali has been named as Pakistan’s skipper in Tests and Babar Azam will take over as T20I captain. However, it has been not made clear whether Sarfaraz will continue as the ODI captain or not as Pakistan’s next 50-over assignment isn’t until July next year.

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, in order to be a part of the side in the future.

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