Lahore (Uttam Hindu News): Former Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been appointed as the new chief selector of the National Men’s Selection Committee. The country’s cricket governing body (PCB) gave this information. He is stepping into the role that was left after Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down from the post amid allegations of conflict of interest. Riaz’s first task will be to select the Pakistan squad for the three-match Test tour of Australia from December 14 to January 7, followed by a five-match T20 series in New Zealand from January 12 to 21. He retired from international cricket in August this year.
“I am honored to assume the role of Chairman of the National Men’s Selection Committee, and I express my gratitude to Zaka Ashraf, Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, for entrusting me with this responsibility. The decision to involve former players in cricket matters is commendable and I am ready to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.
“Leading the selection committee is a challenging task,” Riaz said in a PCB statement. We have an important tour of Australia coming up which is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle and a T20 series against New Zealand which gives us a strong build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies in June next year. Will allow the unit to develop.”
Wahab, who made his international debut in 2008, represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20 Internationals, taking 237 wickets and scoring 1200 runs in all three formats. He was Pakistan’s second most successful bowler in the World Cup, taking 35 wickets in three editions of the prestigious competition.
I have a good relationship with Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez and we will work together for the success of Pakistan cricket. My primary aim will be to highlight the top performers in domestic cricket and announce good teams equipped with the required skill sets. I will always be available to the players for feedback and advice.