Pakistan news June 30, 2009

PCB dissolves national selection panel

Cricinfo staff

PCB chairman Ijaz Butt has disbanded the national senior and junior selection committees with immediate effect. In a statement released on Tuesday, the board did not provide details on when the next panel of selectors would be named. "The interim selection committee will continue to function until further orders," the statement said.

The interim selection committee is headed by Wasim Bari, former wicketkeeper and twice chairman of selectors. He was appointed to the post earlier this month following Abdul Qadir's resignation. Qadir blamed meddling by PCB officials for his sudden resignation as chief selector during the ICC World Twenty20 in England. Currently, the interim committee also includes the Pakistan captain Younis Khan, vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Intikhab Alam.

Former Test players Salim Jaffer and Shoaib Mohammad, who were members of the senior selection committee, were stood down along with Mohammad Ilyas, the head of the junior selection panel.

Bari selected the 15-member squad for the three-Test series away to Sri Lanka with coach Intikhab, Younis Khan and Misbah.