According to insiders, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) plans to name renowned all-rounder Shahid Afridi as chief selector till the 2023 World Cup in India.
Afridi had already been named the temporary chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee for the home series against New Zealand by the PCB Management Committee, which was chaired by Najam Sethi.
Afridi was quoted in a PCB press release as saying, “I feel honored to have been handed this job by the PCB Management Committee and will leave no stone unturned in performing this responsibility to the best of my abilities.
“We need to get back to our winning ways and I have no doubts that through meritocratic and strategic selection decisions, we will help the national side to perform strongly in the series against New Zealand and reclaim the confidence of our fans,” he added.
Former cricket players Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum are also on the panel, and Haroon Rashid, a member of the management committee, is the moderator.
Between 1996 and 2018, Shahid Afridi participated in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is during which time he collected 11,196 runs and 541 wickets. In 83 international games, he also served as captain of the home team. He additionally competed for Pakistan in the 2009 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Afridi was also named to the management committee but declined to serve since he preferred to concentrate on his nonprofit organisation.