Pakistan news November 20, 2008

Qadir appointed Pakistan's chief selector

Cricinfo staff


Abdul Qadir: "I want to devise a system where no first-class player can complain that he was not selected despite doing well" © AFP
 

Abdul Qadir, the former legspinner, has been appointed Pakistan's new chief selector in place of Saleem Jaffar, who headed the interim committee. This is the latest in a series of appointments of former Test players to decision-making roles in the Pakistan board. The other members of the selection committee are yet to be announced.

Qadir said his first task would be to pick a squad for the series against India, who are scheduled to visit Pakistan in January for three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20. "We will do an honest selection so that we can put up the best fight against India, who are improving by leaps and bounds," Qadir told AFP. "I will select players on merit and devise a system where no first-class player can complain that he was not selected despite doing well."

The new PCB regime has brought in several administrative changes from the last month, when Ijaz Butt took over as chairman of the board. Intikhab Alam returned for his third stint as national coach, Javed Miandad took over as the PCB's director-general, Aamer Sohail was appointed director of the National Cricket Academy and Wasim Bari was made the director of human resources and administration.