Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Former Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz a new chief selector of the national men’s selection committee. The position of chief selector became vacant when Inzamam resigned on October 30, when the World Cup was still on and Pakistan were still in contention for a semi-final spot, following uncomfortable questions around a possible conflict-of-interest situation. Pakistan formally exited the World Cup on November 11 after losing their last league-phase game to England in Kolkata, and Babar Azam resigned as Pakistan’s captain from all three formats on November 15. Shan Masood and Afridi were subsequently named captains of the Test and T20I formats respectively, while no ODI captain was named since Pakistan’s next engagement in that format is some way away.
Heading a selection committee is a challenging task. Wahab Riaz have a significant Australia tour coming up that is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle and a T20I series against New Zealand that will allow us to develop a formidable unit leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June next year.