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Iqbal Qasim named Pakistan chief selector

Umar Farooq

March 1, 2012

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Saleem Jaffar, Karachi, February 18, 2009
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Mohammad Ilyas has stepped down as Pakistan's interim chief selector, while Iqbal Qasim has been appointed to the post of chief selector.

The decision to appoint Qasim, a former chief selector himself, had been taken after Ilyas put forward his resignation today on the sidelines of the governing board meeting in Islamabad. The board, however, had decided to bring back Qasim and former selector Saleem Jaffar in the five-man committee. Azhar Khan, Asif Baloch and Farukh Zaman were retained in the committee.

"We wanted to make some changes regarding the selection committee and Iqbal Qasim is the new chairman of the selection committee," Ashraf said after the meeting. "Pakistan is going to the Asia Cup (in Bangladesh) and I hope the selectors will continue the merit policy."

Qasim, presently the sports head of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), had resigned from his first stint as chief selector following a poor tour of Australia in 2009-10. The team was whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series and Shahid Afridi was banned for biting the ball. Qasim was a member of the selection committee until the 2007 World Cup and had been appointed in an honorary post, continuing as a senior employee with NBP.

"During the two-and-a-half month tour (in Australia), we lost every single match we played but I pray that such a situation does not arise again," Qasim said. "There's a short time available for the Asia Cup, our team's effort will be to select the best possible team. I can assure you that the team will be balanced."

Jaffar was also a member of the selection committee from 2007 till July 2010, when his contract was not renewed due to a rift in selection. Currently the head coach of Karachi City Cricket Association, he will now work as a full-time selector.

Ilyas' resignation was expected because the PCB had already been making plans to form a new selection committee. Ashraf, when taking over as chairman, refrained from major changes in order to maintain the team's winning momentum. Ilyas was part of the selection committee throughout the Ijaz Butt administration in different positions, and had served as the interim chief selector since Mohsin Khan was appointed as interim head coach.

Ilyas said he gave up his role owing to his personal commitments and the extensive fieldwork required to be a national selector. "I am quite busy at the moment," Ilyas said. "I've been there for three and a half years so it's time for new people to take over. I have enjoyed working with everybody."

Ilyas was criticised for selecting his son-in-law Imran Farhat as an opening batsman in one-day internationals particularly by fans who felt that Farhat wasn't deserving of a spot in the national team. However, Qasim has assured that teams henceforth will be picked on merit.

"Imran Farhat is just like any other player," Qasim said. "Every player will be evaluated and whatever team is picked it will be on merit."

Qasim also acknowledged Ilyas' work: "I give my full support to Ilyas for his wonderful contribution. He did his work with dedication and honesty. The board appreciates his services with compliments and he was with us as an important member of the team."

Interestingly, Mohsin was supposed to return to the selection panel, but his future with the PCB is still uncertain, with the likelihood of him being replaced by another head coach in the near future. However, Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo recently that "Mohsin's future is associated with the PCB".

All major regions in Pakistan have been represented; Zaman looks after the NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) region, Baloch after Balochistan and the rest over Sindh and Punjab.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by Anuradha_anu on (March 4, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Very dissapointing start to Iqbal Qasim's stint as a selector. Horrible team selected for Asia Cup. Important issues swept under the rug. will not help in the long run. No oratory skills, but diplomatic abilites. Shocking statemnt made about Sarfraz's selection as a specialist wicket keeper. Wrong message going to younsters. And what did he mean that they will have to launch a talent hunt for wicket keeper batsmen who can score quickly. DID HE NOT CKECK THE TALENT BEFORE SELECTING THE TEAM. I thought he said that " we have selected the best team " . Absolutely mindless statement. Alteast he should not take such statements to the press as it will put negative pressure on the younster. THIS IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE HOW NOT TO GROOM YOUNGSTERS.

Posted by Javed_Munir_Dar on (March 3, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

The whole nation is grateful to Mohammad Ilyas who recently resigned as Chief Selector, a post which he never deserved, i wonder what will be the future of Imran Farhat now?

Posted by dmqi on (March 2, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

Pakistan cricket's biggest problem is the captaincy issue and pcb needs to address that with a strong hand. one dozen captains in 2 years or so between 2008-2010, when the teams performance went to the bottom. PCB did not care for any long term goal, always did a short term solution, which did not work. I hope the present pcb team look into the long term. New players based on merit is a must. Look at Srilanka, who cares about the captain. Mahela gave up, Sangarkara gave up. Now they are again called in. Last PCB destroyed the career of Yousuf and Younus and laid the ground of infight among the players. Now let us see what the new pcb does.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

i tatally agree with you, tahseen ashraf

Posted by Hassan.Farooqi on (March 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

@ billbowden311's: LOL, there is no similarity except they belong to the same Niazi family. As a person, Misbah is a down-to-earth humble person who never did anything wrong and nobody can hate him, whereas Imran is just the opposite. As a captain, Misbah is chicken and Imran is the opposite. No sir, no comparison. They are opposite personalities.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

odi team like...imran nazir,hafeez,asad, umar akmal,younus,misba,afridi,kamran,razaaq,gul,ajmal, extra{sohib malik,wahab,rahman,azar ali aziz cheema}

Posted by drnaveed on (March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

Posted by drnaveed on (March 2, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

for 20-20 games international , we should select from players who have done recently well in BPL.make a new captain for 20-20 games. for Misbah ,fourth law of Newton has come into play ,ie ,when asking run rate increases ,Misbahs strike rate decreases , but the tuk tuk remains constant,our board should be bold enough to keep him out of 20-20 games, as he is not only a bad finisher,but also equally bad starter in this shorter version of the game.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

Why PCB doesn't try new selectors,,All of these selectors come for a period n then go off on vacations and then again come back ,,Its a joke !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

Hopefully we will get rid from Imran Farhat............Bring back ahmed shahzad,Imran nazir & nasir jamshad......................

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