LAHORE: Former Pakistan Test batsman and captain Aamir Sohail has been appointed the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) director of game development as well as chief selector. Mohammad Ilyas has been named the selector for junior and women teams. Aamir, an attacking left-handed batsman who played 47 Tests and 156 one-day internationals for Pakistan and was a major part of the World Cup winning team in 1992 said he would do his best to lift the team. “Pakistan team is doing well in one-day matches and Twenty20 and I will try to further lift that as well as our showings in the Test matches,” Aamir told reporters after his appointment here.
Pakistan have not had a full-time chairman of selectors since Iqbal Qasim decided to not renew his contract with the PCB in July 2013. Subsequently Moin Khan was named chief selector, only to be removed when the Islamabad High Court overruled all major decisions taken by interim PCB chairman Najam Sethi. The PCB had been functioning under an interim management committee for a large chunk of 2013 as a fallout of the court suspending Zaka Ashraf as board chairman in May; it ruled Ashraf’s election to be questionable. But then Ashraf was reinstated by the court as PCB chief in January.
Aamir said he was looking forward to take Pakistan cricket to next level. “This time I will be engaging all the stakeholders to take Pakistan cricket to the next level,” Aamir added. “I am thankful to the PCB and especially chairman Ashraf who reposed his confidence in me and included in his team.” Aamir has been appointed chief selector for the second time after working in same position in 2009 during Ijaz Butt being chairman of the PCB.
The PCB has retained the previous members of the selection committee, including Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffar and Farrukh Zaman who will work under Aamir. The selectors next task is to pick the side for the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh in the last week of February. “These (three) are the members who have been working in the past with the coach and captain and I will need their inputs,” Aamir said. “We will be meeting in next couple of days to discuss the selection for Asia Cup and World T20.
“Coordination, I believe, is very important and all the stakeholders should be on one page and understand each other before taking decisions,” Aamir said. “I want logic to prevail.” Aamir said he had spent ample time with the outgoing coach Dav Whatmore and got his inputs before chalking out his plan. “I need to see what the captain is comfortable with because I need to see the comfort levels as well and can’t just impose my plan,” he remarked.
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