Pakistan news November 20, 2008

Jaffar and Shoaib Mohammad retained as selectors

Cricinfo staff

Saleem Jaffar and Shoaib Mohammad have been retained as Pakistan's selectors in the new committee to be headed by former legspinner Abdul Qadir. Jaffar, a former fast bowler, and Shoaib, a former opener, had been named in the interim selection committee announced last month. The PCB also named another former player, Mohammad Ilyas, in charge of the junior selection committee.

Jaffar, who has been a selector since April 2007, was made the head of the interim committee last month, with Shoaib and Ijaz Ahmed as the other members. Ijaz has been dropped after Qadir's inclusion, but he is expected to take over as a fielding coach, either with the Pakistan team or at the National Cricket Academy.

The junior selection committee comprises Ilyas, who played ten Tests in the 1960s, and five others, including Basit Ali, the former Test batsman. The five have been picked by region: Basit from Karachi, Ali Ahmed from Lahore, Farrukh Zaman from North-West Frontier Province Asif Baloch from Baluchistan and Afzal Gujjar from Hyderabad.

Zaman played a solitary Test for Pakistan, against New Zealand in 1976, while Ahmed and Baloch are former first-class players. Ilyas also happens to be the father-in-law of banned Pakistan opener Imran Farhat - he and his brother Humayun joined the ICL last year. Selectors on both committees will be paid for their full-time roles.

The new PCB regime has brought in several administrative changes since Ijaz Butt took over as chairman, with many former players being given a role. 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.