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Iqbal Qasim calls time on selector role

Umar Farooq

July 4, 2013

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Mohammad Hafeez, Iqbal Qasim and Misbah-ul-Haq at the Pakistan squad announcement for West Indies, Lahore, July 3, 2013
Iqbal Qasim's decision to now renew his contract with the PCB has resulted in the current selection committee being dissolved. © Associated Press

Iqbal Qasim, chairman of the selection panel, has decided not to renew his contract with the PCB, citing domestic issues and his primary job as the head of the sports department at the National Bank of Pakistan. Qasim's contract was due to expire at the end of the month. The PCB has accepted Qasim's decision and, with the committee formally dissolved, said it will "consider the formation of the new selection committee" later this month.

"I have told the top officials of the PCB that I have completed my tenure so they should appoint a new selection panel for the future," Qasim told ESPNcricinfo. "I want to move on to my primary job with the bank. The reports about my differences with the captain and coach were incorrect and fabricated, and they have nothing to do with my ouster as it was planned months ago."

Pakistan's performance during Qasim's tenure

  • Series won: Asia Cup 2012 in Bangladesh, home T20 series v Australia in 2012, away ODI series v India in 2012/13, away T20 series v South Africa in 2013
  • Series lost: away Test series v Sri Lanka in 2012, away ODI series v Sri Lanka in 2012, home ODI series v Australia in 2012, away Test series v South Africa in 2013, away ODI series v South Africa in 2013
  • ICC tournaments: semi-finalist in T20 World Cup 2012, lost all group matches in Champions Trophy 2013

Qasim was appointed chief selector on a one-year contract in March 2012, after interim chief Mohammad Ilyas stepped down. He asked PCB to allow him to end his tenure in April, but the then president Zaka Ashraf asked Qasim to continue until the selection of the team for the West Indies tour. "After announcing the team, I asked once again to be relieved," Qasim said.

Qasim has had several stints on the selection panel. He was first appointed chairman of selectors in August 2009 but resigned in January 2010, following Pakistan's poor performance on their tour of Australia. The team was whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series and Shahid Afridi was banned for two T20 games for ball-tampering. Qasim was also a member of the selection committee until the 2007 World Cup; he had been appointed in an honorary post, while continuing as a senior employee with NBP.

In a statement issued on Qasim's behalf by the PCB, he stated: "It has been a great experience working with all of them and together we sincerely have tried to serve Pakistan and Pakistan cricket to the best of our abilities. I am also thankful to all the media for supporting the game of cricket, in general, and me, in particular, throughout my tenure."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Ahsan-cric-freak on (July 5, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Guys have u noticed a funnier side of this article? Just have a look at Mr Qasim's state in the pic! It looks like he will have gone on to cry a moments after the press release finished:p lol....!

Posted by   on (July 5, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

Thanks God, he is gone. He was the worst selector in the history of Pakistan cricket. I hope the worst time of Pakistan cricket is over.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

Finally seems like Pakistan cricket is heading towards a good time. Right tone for him to step down. Now PCB hopefully should appoint a selection panel who have the ability to find talented cricketers. In my opinion they should have Waseem Akram, inzamam and Mohsin Khan running the panel with Miandad heading it.

Posted by   on (July 4, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

So happy to see Mr. Iqbal Qasim is no longer in this role. I would say he deserves major credit for Pakistan's dismal performances in 2012 and 2013.

Please hire a more professional person as Chief selector now. Iqbal Qasim should never be considered as Chief Selector in the future

Posted by   on (July 4, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Good to see this man stepping down, he and his team did a poor job at selection committee. Mohsin khan is a brave person and take tough decisions, he can be a potential candidate for this post.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 4, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

I dont understand the statement "It has been great experience ...."

According to me the Champions Trophy and the SL Tour were horrible experiences. Most forgettable ones that will keep haunting everyone for the rest of their lives. What was great about this phase of Pak cricket that has seen its lowest ebb ?


Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 4, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Thank God. Finally something good has happened in the PCB. And the beuty is that Qasim has decided to step out on his own. After the kind of selection that he was making, I thought he will have to be kicked out.

In any event, after the dismall show at the Champions Trophy, this selection comitee deserved to be sacked. Now that it will be desolved in this fashion is even better. Looks like Qasim has accepted the responsibiltiy of the Teams failure in the CT.


Posted by pomkul on (July 4, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Thanks GOD. Fanally the man step down. I think the next selection pannels r wasim akram, waqar younus, s. Mushtaq, zaheer abbas and inzamamul haque. This is the best selection pannel.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Finally .... Been praying he would step down. We should never have appointed him again after the 2010 australia tour. Our new selector should be Abdul Qadir who is honest and sincere

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