LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday reappointed its favourite Moin Khan as chief selector and manager of the national team, a week after fellow former captain Rashid Latif turned down the post. "The PCB is pleased to announce the appointment of former Test captain Zaheer Abbas as principal advisor to chairman Najam Sethi and Moin as chief selector and manager of the national team," a PCB spokesman said. The position of full-time selection committee head has been vacant for the past ten months after former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim decided not to renew his contract and since then an interim selection panel has been working.
The 42-year-old Moin, considered by many as PCB chief's Sethi's favourite, had served as head coach when Pakistan were runners-up at the February-March Asia Cup, and during the ICC World Twenty20 in which they crashed out in the Super-10 Stage. But his contract for that role was not extended after Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in the ICC World Twenty20. Moin was appointed chief selector in July last year but his appointment was blocked by an Islamabad High Court ruling which curtailed Sethi's powers. Moin, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, was then appointed manager of the team in August.
Zaheer was appointed batting consultant of the team in February - a post which has now been advertised as batting coach. Moin's appointment leaves the door wide open for yet another former captain Waqar Younis to join as head coach. Corruption, match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations have dogged Pakistan cricket for two decades and Latif said last week he could not work with tarnished ex-pros.
The PCB had been functioning under an interim management committee for a large chunk of 2013 after the court suspending Zaka Ashraf as board chairman in May; ruled Ashraf's election to be questionable. But then Ashraf was reinstated by the court as PCB chief in January, only to be axed by the Pakistan Prime Minister, the board's chief patron. The PCB has selected teams since July with an interim selection committee of Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffar and Farukh Zaman - the trio whose stint ended after the announcement of World T20 squad.
The position of the chief selector has had plenty of changes in recent times. Incoming chairman Sethi removed Aamir Sohail, a week after he had been appointed by ex-chairman Ashraf. The PCB, under Ashraf, had also considered Mohammad Ilyas for the head of selection committee but never made it an official appointment and Ilyas was restricted to the junior selection committee. Latif was the next man named by the succeeding chairman but, despite committing to the role, he refused to sign the contract over differences with the PCB. His tenure was expected to be effective from April 1.
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