LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar M Khan Friday formed a ‘special committee’ to inquire into Pakistan team’s worst performance in the Asia Cup 2016 and also to examine the selection process for the World Twenty20.

Cricket committee chairman Shakil Sheikh will head the special committee whose other members are Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmad, Iqbal Qasim, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

PCB official said that the terms of reference for the committee were being prepared and would include the selection criteria, the coaching preparation and the team performance.

“The committee will monitor the team’s performance in the World Twenty20 and make its recommendations thereafter. It will be empowered to call any person involved in the team performance. The chairman is already seeking the advice of his cricket advisors Misbah Ul Haq and Younus Khan. The special committee will start functioning immediately,” he maintained.

Earlier, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan slammed the team's performance at the Asia Cup but admitted that it was too late to make sweeping changes ahead of the World T20 this month.

The 2009 World T20 champions lost to arch-rivals India and hosts Bangladesh, and only managed to beat United Arab Emirates (UAE), raising serious doubts about their potential to challenge for the title in the March 8-April 3 tournament.

Shaharyar said everyone from the coach to those involved in the selection process would be held accountable but added there would be no knee-jerk reaction. “It wasn't just a matter of disappointment but it was a painful experience to watch Pakistan play like that,” he said.

Fitness was also a major talking point in Pakistan's losses in the Asia Cup and the PCB chairman on Thursday emphasised the importance of conditioning in the shortest format of the game. He said at least three to four players in Shahid Afridi's team appeared unfit.

While the pace attack was impressive in the tournament, Pakistan's batting let them down. They were bundled out for 83 against India and managed 129-7 against Bangladesh which saw them miss out on a place in Sunday's final. “We will bring changes in selection process, coaching process and leadership process,” Shaharyar said.

Fast bowler M Sami and batsman Sharjeel Khan were included to their original squad for the World T20 following injuries to Babar Azam and Rumman Raes but the PCB chairman did not rule out further changes.

Afridi has also come under intense scrutiny due to his failures with the bat but Shaharyar said the 36-year-old all-rounder would captain the side in India.

“I understand there is a lot of criticism but I am not going to change anything one week before the major tournament in India,” the PCB chief said.

Shaharyar said Afridi would remain captain unless he himself pulls out of the job. He has been serving Pakistan from the last 15 years.

“Some changes, you will see, will be done before we play our first matches in World T20 and other important changes will be done after the tournament,” the PCB chief said.