Pakistan news July 15, 2013

Moin Khan appointed Pakistan chief selector


Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been appointed the chief selector of the Pakistan national team. The PCB announced that Moin will replace former chief selector Iqbal Qasim but said that the rest of the selection committee will continue under the new leadership. Qasim had decided not to renew his contract with the PCB earlier this month.

"It is an honour and a privilege to be offered the position of chairman of national selection committee - a position held by many greats in the past and most recently by legendary Iqbal Qasim," Moin said. "I have accepted this as a challenge and I am glad that PCB and my own vision correspond in terms of preparing a pool of talented cricketers who can mount an effective challenge in the 2015 World Cup."

Moin was appointed by acting PCB chairman Najam Sethi, who according to the constitution holds no powers to make such a move, being an interim incumbent. The PCB however backed Sethi's decision. "In the PCB board of governors meeting held on 10th July, 2013, the governing board had authorised the acting chairman to take any decisions required to safeguard the interests and functioning of the PCB in all matters," the PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "This was to ensure that the affairs of the PCB continue without hindrance in terms of selection of teams, appointment of the selection committee, tour schedules, etc."

With Qasim's stepping aside, the PCB had formally dissolved the selection committee, but retained all the members - Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffer, and two co-opted members, Asif Baloch and Farrukh Zaman - who will now work with Moin. "The other members of the selection committee that was headed by Mr Iqbal Qasim will continue to work under Moin till further orders," the PCB said in a brief statement.

Moin, who met with interim chairman Sethi on Monday, made his Test debut against West Indies in 1990 and went on to lead the team in 13 Tests. He played his last Test in 2004, ending his 69-match career with 2741 runs. His 147 wicketkeeping dismissals are third in the list of Pakistan wicketkeepers behind Wasim Bari and Kamran Akmal.

Moin, 41, also represented Pakistan in 219 ODIs and is the most successful wicketkeeper for Pakistan in ODIs with 287 dismissals. In 2007, Moin was among the various Pakistan players who joined the unofficial - and now defunct - Indian Cricket League; he signed up to coach Hyderabad Heroes and Lahore Badshahs. Following his retirement from cricket, he has been running various businesses including the Moin Khan Academy in Karachi.

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

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  • MUHAMMAD on July 16, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Moin is the man of crisis as he proved. Dont expect that he will fix all the selection errors overnight. In Pakistan domestic cricket we have hundred of talented players but not all of 'em can get a chance. Some of 'em who got chance cannot perform in international cricket as well as they perform in domestic cricket.

    It will be his sharp eye to pick the players (as Imran Khan did) out of those who can perform their best in internationl level as well as they perform is domestic. Good Luck!

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    good news...............

  • shan on July 16, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    I hope this will be a good change, and Moin Khan will select deserving players like Fawwad Alam who has been ignored after scoring a test century at debut and keeping the highest batting average in first class history of Pakistan. I hope Moin Khan will also give another chance to Sarfaraz Ahmed being highest run getter in domestic for 2 consecutive seasons being a keeper. Sohail Harris has already been given a chance so i hope we keep selecting him, Raza hassan should be given a chance to groom alongside ajmal rather than abdul rehman (the doper).

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Moin khan is a wonderful person he has always been a fighter and had tactical brilliance when he was captain of Pakistan I wish him all the best for this job

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Seems to me a reasonable choice.He played his cricket with legends like imran khan,waseem akram,waqar younus as well as with few younger players.He was aggressive player as batsman and keeper.Hope he knows the core issues of the game.Good luck khan

  • Anver on July 16, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Moin was always a fighter when he was in the team.... this is a new chapter & hope he continues in the same fashion in his new role !!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Lets hope atleast he finds a gud wicketkeeper for Pakistan :-D

  • Syed on July 16, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    Good and wise move by PCB management, hope MK will also deliver as chief selector for Pakistan team as he delivered on numerous occasions for team when team were in troubled. My only request to Mk to look into the case of Abdul Razak Fawad Alam and Hamad Azam, why these players cannot be the part of the natinoal team when players like Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Shoiab Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have been part of team?

  • Harjinder on July 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I wish ...Moin khan will try to make some changes in selection area.....good luck

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Well that's a great news ..... Moin Khan has a good eye and definitely has the required intellect to be the chief selector ..... also, in his playing era, he had a sharp cricketing mind and i think Mr.Najam Sethi has very rightly appointed him as a chief selector ...... now it'll be interesting to see how it goes bout his job because he has been rated highly in the media for keeping himself updated with the domestic cricket and structure of Pakistan. Also, he will have some new blood in its consideration that could make it through to the Green Team ......

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