Earlier this week, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council announced that they had selected a completely new lineup for the country’s ODI test against Sri Lanka in Bahawalpur on April 7, 9 and 10.
AAJ News quotes PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah as saying, “We are planning to enter a whole new team in the series against Sri Lanka.” This includes sacking captain Anees Javed, with Shah saying, “Hence a new captain would also be appointed for the series against Sri Lanka.” Despite blind cricket being semi-professional in Pakistan, funding issues exist for the PBCC, with Shah quoted as say, “The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not given a single penny for the series. […] We hardly found any sponsor from Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Lahore.”
This decision comes after the team’s performance at the T20 Asia Cup, which saw them losing in the final to arch rival India in India. Pakistan also failed to perform at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup, where they also lost to India. It also was made with the Indian hosted 2016 Twenty20 World Cup of the Blind scheduled to take place in November in mind. The PBCC is trying to find a group of players that can win it all.