LAHORE - Shahid Afridi will retain his position as the national T20 captain until the end of the upcoming World T20 despite a disastrous exit from the Asia Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan said Thursday.

Pakistan were knocked out from the Asia Cup Twenty20 following a five-wicket-defeat at the hands of hosts Bangladesh on Wednesday. Afridi's side have thus far only managed to beat UAE in the tournament while they also suffered a thumping loss to India.

“I promised Shahid Afridi that he will be retained as Pakistan captain until the end of the World T20,” said Khan in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium.

However, the PCB chief hinted at the possibility of changes in the national side as well as the team management before the World T20. “I should be held responsible for the team’s poor performance as well,” Khan said, calling for accountability within the PCB.

Shaharyar revealed that he had expressed dissatisfaction over the inclusion of several player in the Pakistan squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 — but the final decision had to be taken by the selection committee.

Khan told the media it was understandable the way people were feeling let down by the team's show in the Asia Cup.

"Common public feels lets down, and we also feel the same. But we don't want to look for scapegoats to explain the defeats. But we are also aware changes are necessary now," he said without elaborating who would be changed in the team.

"I can assure there will not be a witch-hunt and there will be no scapegoat but it is a fact that the people have been let down by the team and management," he added.

Khan also made it clear that he wanted to improve Pakistan cricket and he will make changes in every department but while some might be instant others will take time.

"The team administration will be questioned about what went wrong and they will be held accountable," he added.

“The selection committee took decisions after the input of the captain and the coach and I never interfered in the selection matters to give the selection committee confidence.”

The PCB chairman said he had also consulted Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq over Pakistan's recent performances.