On Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi announced that Haroon Rashid as chief selector and will join the national setup.
The PCB stated in an official handout that further members of the selection panel will be named in due course.
Haroon Rashid As Chief Selector
“Haroon played 23 Tests and 12 ODIs from 1977 to 1983 and was last in this position in 2015-16,” the PCB says. “Most recently, he was the convener of the Interim Selection Committee, following administrative and coaching roles with the age group and national sides.”
Rashid stated that he is honoured to have been entrusted with the task and looks forward to working closely with team management and the National High-Performance Centre.
“So that we have clear routes and can work together to choose the best available players for what will be a busy and high-profile year of cricket, including the ACC Asia Cup, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the three-Test tour of Australia,” he said.
“One of the key aspects I will like to work on throughout my time will be enhancing communication. This is an important area since the players need to understand why they were chosen or not chosen, which will help them achieve the necessary results, work harder on their talents, and stay motivated.”
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi welcomed Rashid on his appointment, stating he hoped Rashid would use his “cricket experience, insight, and background” in selecting squads for upcoming overseas assignments.
Meanwhile, during a news conference in Lahore, Sethi addressed rumours of Mickey Arthur’s return as the next coach.
“I didn’t finish Mickey Arthur’s chapter. “I am personally in negotiations with him, and I believe we are 90% of the way there,” he stated. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to inform you that Mickey will be joining us.”
The PCB chief stated that everything was not settled right now and there were some concerns which will be resolved in the next two to three days and “Mickey will be back”.
“I’ve told him that when he comes, he should tell me what team he wants and how much we need to pay them,” Sethi added. “After that, we can move forward.”
According to the PCB chair, Mark Coles will also join as the women’s team coach in June when his contract with Namibia ends.
Sethi stated that all departments have been officially told to begin preparing their teams for departmental cricket. “We had one nice reaction. If it is considered essential, I will go meet with the leaders of these organisations.”
When asked about Shan Masood’s nomination as Vice Captain, the PCB chief justified himself, stating, “According to the Constitution, the appointment of the chief selector, captain, and vice-captain is my discretion.”
“I talk to everyone. “I even listen to what reporters and specialists have to say,” he remarked. “If I made Shan vice-captain, I never forced him to play. I had an opinion, but so did the chief selector and captain. He was appointed vice captain but was forced to sit out.”
“When selectors send me anything, all I have to do is constitutionally sign it. These conversations are still ongoing. Technically, I will never be involved in team selection. When I receive expert opinions, it is my obligation to communicate my thoughts with selectors.”
Sethi felt it was early to talk about Captain Babar Azam’s captaincy, highlighting that “Babar was possibly one the greatest batsman in the world”.
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