Pakistan Cricket Board appointed New Chief Selector: Key Role in Shaping Pakistan’s Cricket Future
In a significant move, former Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has assumed the pivotal role of Chief Selector for the national men’s selection committee. His inaugural responsibility is the selection of the national men’s squad for the upcoming challenges—a three-match Test series against Australia and a five-match T20I series against New Zealand.
Wahab Riaz’s Distinguished Career:
Wahab Riaz, a stalwart in Pakistan cricket since his international debut in 2008, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Having represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is, he accumulated 237 wickets and contributed 1200 runs across all three formats. His remarkable performance in World Cups, amassing 35 wickets over three editions, solidifies his legacy as one of Pakistan’s premier fast bowlers.
Expressing Gratitude and Commitment:
Upon his appointment, Wahab Riaz expressed his honor in assuming the chairmanship of the national men’s selection committee. He thanked Chairman PCB Management Committee, Mr. Zaka Ashraf, for the trust placed in him. Acknowledging the commendable decision to involve former players in cricketing matters, Wahab Riaz conveyed his commitment to working for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.
Challenges and Goals:
Recognizing the challenges of leading a selection committee, Wahab Riaz emphasized the upcoming significant Australia tour, part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle, and the T20I series against New Zealand. These series play a crucial role in shaping a formidable unit in preparation for the ICC T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June 2024.
Collaboration with Mohammad Hafeez:
Wahab Riaz highlighted his positive working relationship with the Pakistan Men’s Team Director, Mohammad Hafeez. The two will collaborate closely for the success of Pakistan cricket, focusing on selecting well-rounded squads with the necessary skillsets.
Aiming to give due weightage to top performers in domestic cricket, Wahab Riaz outlined his commitment to providing feedback and advice to players. His player-centric approach reflects a dedication to nurturing talent and ensuring the national team remains competitive on the international stage.
Wahab Riaz’s appointment marks a pivotal moment in Pakistan cricket administration, with fans anticipating the positive impact of his leadership on team selection and performance. The cricketing community looks forward to witnessing his strategic contributions in shaping the future of Pakistan’s cricketing endeavors.