For the second time, former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has been named chief selector of the national men’s selection committee. Haroon Rasheed resigned as head selector last month, leaving the position empty.
The senior men’s squad and Pakistan Shaheens will be chosen by the selection committee, which also comprises team director Mickey Arthur, head coach Grant Bradburn, and secretary Hasan Cheema.
According to C2D info, Inzamam will no longer serve on the PCB’s cricket technical committee, which he was assigned to last week.
Inzamam, who was also chief selector from 2016 to 2019, enters his second tenure at a critical juncture in Pakistan’s history.
His first assignment will be to choose a squad for the three-ODI series against Afghanistan, which begins on August 22 in Sri Lanka.
It will be followed by the Asia Cup ODIs. Inzamam will reveal these two squads at a press conference on August 10.
Inzamam, who picked the team for the 2019 World Cup as head selector, will also be in charge of picking the squad for the 2023 ODI World Cup. The competition runs from October 5 until November 19 in India.
“I had a good run in the last tenure,” Inzamam added. “We had famous victories, with the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 being the highlight, but my most important achievement is that 70 to 80 percent of the cricketers chosen back then now form the core of today’s sides.”
That club was in transition, but this squad is steady, and I won’t encounter the same difficulties. “Leading a selection committee is already a difficult job in Pakistan, but it will be even more difficult this time with the ACC Men’s Asia Cup and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup on the horizon, followed by a visit to Australia.
But I am confident in my ability to perform in this capacity, and I will strive to outperform myself. Regardless of timing constraints, we shall announce the finest possible sides.”
Last week, Inzamam was selected to the PCB’s cricket technical committee with Mohammad Hafeez, with Misbah-ul-Haq as its chairman.
The technical committee was tasked with appointing the national selection committees, while the PCB stated that the decision to designate the top selector was taken by the board’s chairman, Zaka Ashraf, rather than the committee he created to make such choices.
“I am overjoyed that Inzamam-ul-Haq has agreed to lead our national men’s selection committee at such an important time.”
“He is a legend who has served the game with honour,” said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf. “During Inzamam’s last tenure, we not only won the ICC Champions Trophy, but we also unearthed some outstanding talent that is still serving Pakistan cricket today.”
I have no doubt that his new innings will add to his illustrious career and bring more great players to the fore.”
While the position on the cricket technical committee was unpaid, the position of head selector will be compensated. The PCB told that a successor for Inzamam on the technical committee will be named soon.