Former United States captain Ibrahim Khaleel has harshly criticized the management of the United States team. being dropped from the squad on Tuesday. He said the officials had not mediated in a slow-fire dispute between him and other high-level players who overflowed while the team was in North Carolina during his recent championship race in the ICC World Sub-Regional of the Americas T20 Qualifier.
"I was probably blinded." Khaleel told ESPNcricinfo, reacting to his dismissal that was communicated to him in a video conference on Monday by the US head coach. UU Pubudu Dassanayake and the US cricket project officer. UU Wade Edwards. "I told them you should have given me the opportunity to sit down with the players when you knew something was happening, at least I should have the option of talking to the players face to face."  "This is not like a school team or a team of club where you just sit in a different room and [I] you sit in a different room. There is always conflict and misunderstanding in the teams. It was your responsibility and Wade to call me and talk to me and resolve this or call the players as well. Whoever told you about the things x, y, z, you should have called them and be a mediator to solve this. This is how a professional team behaves, at least for me. If you think this is professional for them, then I agree with that. "
According to Khaleel, Dassanayake and Edwards told him that the main reason he was fired, not only from the captaincy, but completely from the squad – it was due to "personal problems with the players." It contradicted a USA Cricket press release saying that Khaleel had been left out due to performance.
When asked if he felt he deserved a place on the team based on his batting, Khaleel said his scoring result was "average" and that it arose during his videoconference with Dassanayake and Edwards, but that was not the main factor in his elimination.
Khaleel claimed that he first noticed problems after the dramatic two team things, victory over Canada on September 25. As the team celebrated after Steven Taylor hit 22 runs from the final to get the win, Khaleel said that the mood in the team was different when everyone returned to the hotel.
"Nobody told me anything but I could feel something was wrong," Khaleel said. "I told the coach that I think something is happening, but it's better if you check and he said we'll talk about that after the tournament."
Khaleel also said that officials informed him this week that his decision to not be so good. The players made him lose support within the team, although he refused to name someone when asked who had filed complaints against him.
"In Canada vs. the USA, [Canada spinner] Saad [Bin Zafar] also did not receive bowling," Khaleel said. "He just defeated one throughout the game, it does not mean that Saad is a bad bowler, I probably feel that because of that, things got worse."
"As a captain, you have to make some difficult decisions on the ground. . You can not be biased with anyone. So, I did what was best for the team, and if there was something wrong in the field, we would not have been No. 1. "
Khaleel rested from the XI a day later when the USA defeated Belize for get the first place, but said he was later called to a meeting with Dassanayake, Edwards and team boss Kerk Higgins at the team's hotel, where he was first notified of the concerns raised by other senior players.
"They said:" Someone has to go because we can not move like this, "according to Khaleel. "This thing can not go on like this if its captaincy is not effective on the ground."
"Just because some players do not do it" Will you join the roles? How will that affect things on the ground? think that this happened for a long time, even if there were misunderstandings or conflicts, we still got results. "
ESPNcricinfo made several attempts to speak with Dassanayake, Edwards and selectors president Ricardo Powell about the dismissal of Khaleel but USA Cricket did not leave anyone available for comment.