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It is the start of another new season and Pakistan have a new captain in Mohammad Hafeez which appears a logical step for the future. But Hassan Cheema in The Dawn argues that this might just be the continuation of an old existing pattern in Pakistan cricket.
In a more prosaic country and institution, this would be nothing more than a passing of the torch. In Pakistan cricket, though, this is the PCB showing its hand – publically admitting to not being fully supportive of their captain. What will that do to the carefully manufactured team morale? What happens if Pakistan performs badly in the World T20 under Hafeez? What happens if the team’s performance in other formats dips – and one of the reasons for that is this decision? How will the players react to seeing the first crack in the castle’s wall?