The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former Test cricketer Mohammad Wasim as a chief selector on Saturday until the 2023 World Cup and his appointment was approved by the board chairman Ehsan Mani following the final round of online interviews held on Thursday and Friday, according to a statement issued by the cricket board.
According to media reports, Mohammad Wasim will replace Misbahul Haq, who stepped down in October to concentrate on his job as head coach of the national team.
PCB also confirmed the former wicketkeeper-batsman Saleem Yousuf as chair of the PCB Cricket Committee.
The 43-year-old Wasim has said in a statement that this is a performance-oriented world and, as such, my philosophy will be to promote meritocracy and select squads according to home and international conditions and requirements. He said that as a chief selector, he will always be willing to make the hard calls for the best interest of Pakistan cricket.
Newly appointed chief selector’s first assignment will be to select the Pakistan team for next month’s two-Test and three Twenty20 home series against South Africa.
Mohammad Wasim said, “We have a busy 2021 year ahead and I will focus on being positive on selections that not only address our short-term needs but also fulfill our long-term ambition.”
The new Chief Selector of the national cricket team is currently the head coach of the Northern Cricket Association, which is in second place in the ongoing domestic first-class tournament.
It is to be mention here that Pakistan will have a hectic 2021 as it has planned to host at least four international teams — New Zealand, South Africa, England and the West Indies — besides playing in the Twenty20 World Cup in India.