Masterblaster Shahid Afridi appointed interim chief selector

Other members of selection committee are Abdur Razzaq, Rao Iftikhar: Haroon Rashid is appointed as convenor

By: News Desk
Published: 02:23 PM, 24 Dec, 2022
Masterblaster Shahid Afridi appointed interim chief selector
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The Management Committee of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former Pakistan captain and masterblaster Shahid Afridi as the interim chief selector, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

In a couple of tweets posted on Saturday, newly-appointed PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said “The PCB Management Committee has appointed former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi as the interim Chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee.”

He further said “Other members of the panel are: Abdur Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Haroon Rashid will be the Convener.”

In an earlier tweet, Najam Sethi said “I am pleased to announce, with immediate effect, an Interim Selection Committee for the New Zealand tour. It comprises Shahid Afridi as Chief Selector, Abdur Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar, with Haroon Rashid as Convenor.”

The PCB underwent a major overhaul on Thursday when a 14-member management committee took over after Ramiz Raja was sacked as chairman.

The main committee, headed by former chairman Najam Sethi, also dismissed chief selector Mohammad Wasim before appointing Afridi.

The changes follow Pakistan's first-ever 3-0 home whitewash by England this month.

"I feel honoured to have been assigned this responsibility," said Afridi, who retired from international cricket in 2017.

"We need to get back to our winning ways and I have no doubts that through meritocratic and strategic selection decisions, we will help the national side to perform."

Afridi played 27 Tests, 398 one-day and 99 Twenty 20 international for Pakistan in a career remembered for his hard-hitting batting.

Pakistan are currently involved in a two-match Test series against New Zealand with the first match in Karachi starting from Monday.

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