Pakistan news April 21, 2014

Moin named Pakistan manager and chief selector

Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been named chief selector and manager of the national team. Moin had been Pakistan's head coach for two months till the end of the recent World T20, and is currently a member of a three-man panel to evaluate candidates for coaching positions with the national team.

The position of full-time selection committee head has been vacant for the past 10 months after Iqbal Qasim decided to not renew his contract and since then, an interim selection panel has been working. The board has also appointed former batsman Zaheer Abbas as principal advisor to PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

Moin has been Sethi's choice for various posts in the PCB setup. He was originally named chief selector last year during the legal wrangle in Islamabad High Court but the decision was nullified by the court. He was subsequently appointed team manager.

The PCB had been functioning under an interim management committee for a large chunk of 2013 after the court suspending Ashraf as board chairman in May; it ruled Ashraf's election to be questionable. But then Zaka Ashraf was reinstated by the court as PCB chief in January, only to be axed by the Pakistan Prime Minister, the board's chief patron.

The PCB has selected teams since July with an interim selection committee of Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffar and Farukh Zaman - the trio whose stint ended after the announcement of World T20 squad.

The position of the chief selector has had plenty of changes in recent times. Incoming chairman Sethi removed Aamer Sohail, a week after he had been appointed by ex-chairman Ashraf. The PCB, under Ashraf, had also considered Mohammad Ilyas for the head of selection committee but never made it an official appointment and Ilyas was restricted to the junior selection committee. Rashid Latif was the next man named by the succeeding chairman but, despite committing to the role, he refused to sign the contract over differences with the PCB. His tenure was expected to be effective from April 1.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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