Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday named former captain Shahid Afridi as the interim chief of the National Selection Committe. Afridi will lead the four-member panel, also consisting of former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, while Haroon Rashid will be the convener. For now, the appointment is only for the upcoming home series against New Zealand, and the committee has been tasked with reviewing the Test squad that was announced by the previous panel, which was led by Mohammad Wasim.
“PCB Management Committee has appointed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi as the interim Chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee. Other members of the panel are: Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Haroon Rashid will be the Convener,” Pakistan cricket said in a tweet.
PCB Management Committee has appointed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi as the interim Chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee. Other members of the panel are: Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Haroon Rashid will be the Convener.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) December 24, 2022
Afridi’s appointment came after the earlier Pakistan chief selector Wasim’s contract was terminated by the new PCB management committee, which is led by Najam Sethi. All committees established by the now-defunct 2019 constitution have also been dismantled.
The new chairman made this choice as his first action after taking over on Thursday.
Wasim, a former Pakistani batter, was appointed chief selector in December 2020, and it was anticipated that this system would continue through the ODI World Cup in 2023.
He was fired over email on Friday. Wasim’s final selection was for the New Zealand series test team at home.
Pakistan played 16 tests during his presidency, winning eight of them and losing six of them, including two home series against Australia (1-0) and England (3-0).
In the 2021 and 2022 editions of the men’s T20 World Cup, Pakistan reached the final. Pakistan played 55 T20Is during Wasim’s tenure, winning 34 and losing 18. Pakistan also won ten and lost five of the 15 ODIs.
(With PTI Inputs)
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