Pakistan news July 15, 2013

Moin Khan appointed Pakistan chief selector

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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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  • begamir 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!

  • on July 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

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

  • rawjns 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).

  • 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

  • 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

  • anver777 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 !!!!!

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:54 GMT

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

  • sherishahmir 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?

  • gibbs.175 on July 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

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

  • 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 ......

  • begamir 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!

  • on July 16, 2013, 13:57 GMT

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

  • rawjns 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).

  • 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

  • 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

  • anver777 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 !!!!!

  • on July 16, 2013, 7:54 GMT

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

  • sherishahmir 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?

  • gibbs.175 on July 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT

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

  • 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 ......

  • on July 16, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    I hope Moin eliminates all previous ways of selecting the team and goes for merits and performances instead of political. Pakistan is a strong team but it's the management that makes it weak. Good luck Moin Khan

  • on July 16, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Finally a very Good Decision from PCB. Love to see Moin as Pakistan Cricket Chief Selector. Suddenly every thing Good happening in PCB. Wish you all the very Best Moin & Pak Cricket

  • on July 16, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Moin Khan is the man with a gutsy and fast playing approach. He will be looking forward to coach the players in an agressive style that will keep the scoreboard moving. Defensive batting wherever required, every sensible batsman knows but that does not get confidence and runs. The present team will be under microscopic examination and if a player/players falter, then one can expect changes in the team and approach to the game. Good luck Moin but remember your designation as the Chief Selector must inspire confidence in reconstructing a national side. Salams

  • Digitalbouncer on July 16, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Great move by PCB..He understand the game very well and is a good game planner. I am sure he knows how to develop the talent and select too. I wish best of luck to him.

  • on July 16, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    Only Pakistani Cricketer I've ever met! He appeared at a medical conference my father took me to. When I asked him to sign me an autograph on a sticky note, he looked at me weird, and asked if I had a pen. I didn't. He wasn't happy, probably seemed annoyed, but still gave me his autograph nonetheless.

  • Mel-waas on July 16, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    Please give Fawad Alam a chance, But Keep Shoaib Malik & Faisal Iqbal out of the Side for good.

  • CherryWood_Champion on July 15, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    I hope it bodes well for Pakistan cricket. They should get Imran Khan as the Manager , Javed Miaded as Batting coach and Wasim Akram as Bowling coach.

  • on July 15, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    As moin has been keenly following domestic cricket, he should have some young talented players in his mind. i hope he gives chance to sohaib maqsood who averages 45 +in list A with strike rate of 97. experts see another inzi in sohaib maqsood, hopefully such talent doesnt get wasted. i hope moin will take decisions without any regional bias by bringing ordinary players like fawad alam and sarfaraz ahmed into the team

  • STARiZ on July 15, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Pakistan need big hitters in the late overs and Umar Akmal, Afridi, Abdul Razzaq can hit hard even if Pak get slow start they might help i guess.

  • alipk52 on July 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    A good pick finally, Moin is one of the honest person Pakistan badly needed, i stand tall and acknowledge this great step by Mr. Najam, Moin Khan is one of very few such as Rashid latif, Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamam, Saqlain, Mushi etc, i wanted them to be a part of Pakistan cricket management, they are honest and when they were playing for Pakistan, They were loyal to the country throughout their career, so that became the reason for me wanting one of them in PCB, i am sure world will see some bright new talent soon, player like Hammad Azam, Babar Azam, Zulfiqar Babar and the best and energetic, Pacy, young bowler Anwar Ali will finally get their game, Our current selectors kept on including 30+ years old which is a big mistake, now i believe teenagers and early 20 years old will be seen in the team. Very Happy.

  • dmqi on July 15, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    I have not seen much change in the policy of PCB in last 10-15 years, so the team has sunk from top team in 1992 towards the bottom in 2013. A major change in selection is needed. Will Moin be able to do that? Be brave to do that or quit like Abdul Qadir, the bold man. No point playing cat and mouse game.

  • on July 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Mr.Mohammad Amjad, Fawad alam is a consistent performer and a far better batsman than Imran Farhat as we all know.

  • on July 15, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    W0w thats awsime decision!!! Welcome moin khan!!! I hope u will do like you were talking behind the scene now you have been given chance to prove yourself!!! Lets see what u gonna bring in for pakistan!!! Best of luck!!! U r one of my best wicket keeper player!!!

  • on July 15, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    bring in waqar and imran khan now scrap mohaamed akram n bring in shoaib as bowling coach plz pcb

  • roook on July 15, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Pakistan should Built Pakistan A team like india, Australia and srilanka are doing and give young talent some taste on foreign condition. India is send entirely young team on zimbadwe tour. Asad shafiq, Hafeez are batting disappointment on tough conditions.

  • on July 15, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    he should be the head coach instead CS.

  • on July 15, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Really a great decision by PCB.

  • on July 15, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Time will tell the tale on him lets see what he can do with old cronies i think busniess will be as usual nothing will change until old people will be removed or axed.

  • on July 15, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Razzaq, Fawwad Alam and Hammaz Azam deserve a chance at the top level. No point in continuing without a genuine all rounder. Afridi did exceptionally well in last ODI. |This does not mean that he is a consistent performer.Still 35 half centuries in 350 innings. I bet Razzaq,Fawwad Alam or Hammad azam will get 35 fifties in less than 250 ODI.s

  • Saamai on July 15, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    A very good pick by Najam Sethi. Now atleast chief selector can see beyound picking team from Punjab. No doubt that Punjab has produced great players but at least fair share should be given to players from other provinces as well. Kamran Akmal has played more than enough though other provinces had better wicket keepers then him. Similarly you can easily find better opener than Farhat. Moin should give chance to Sadaf Hussain and Tabish. Haris Sohail must be part of rotation in place of Asad Shafiq or any other batsman. Bring Fawad Alam back but he should be disciplined before his inclusion. Umer Amin can't thrive on International level. Hamad should be given chance in T20 at 1 down. He is young and can hit. Give him a heavy bat and let him practise. Sami Aslam can replace Ahmed shahzad on occassions in T20 or One days. Good Luck Moin Khan !!!

  • on July 15, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    I really appreciated the decision which taken by PCB to make Moin Khan as a New Selection Committee Charmaine of PCB. Hope we gonna see some more new groomed player as we heard lots of time from Moin Khan in Behind the scene shows.

  • on July 15, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I think he is a good choice but I don't know why he supports Fawadalam for ODI and T20. There are many players like Sharjeel khan, Ramiz Raja Junior and Hammad Azam who are sitting out side of the team. I hope he will make some good decision for the betterment of Pakistani team. As for as Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik is concerned I think Pakistan does not need them now. A lot of chances have been gifted to them till now. Its is more than emough to judge any player. New palyers must be given chances more and more to make a good combination for ICC world cup 2015. Good Luck Moin Khan....:)

  • on July 15, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    I wish him good luck !!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 15, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Future will tell us that his appointment (Chief Selector) is good for the team or Good for the Karachi Only, one of my friend say about Fawad Alam, I have never seen a bed Cricketer in my life as Fawad Alam he is a good fielder but as for as bating is concern sorry Imran Farhat is better batsmen the him

    Moin Khan as chief Selector i have come concerns

  • CricketChat on July 15, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    As a cricketer, Moin was a fierce competitor who had to constantly fight for his place in the team with Rashid Latif, who was regarded as more talented. He has also kept himself in the game post retirement and knows the current state and formats of the game as good as anyone. One can only hope he can help mold Pak team into a fighting, cohesive unit as they are passing through a tough time both with players (going through transition) and constantly playing on neutral grounds.

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Fawad Alam is badly needed in ODIs and T20. Many people would be surprised on my comment. Fawad would not hit big fours and sixes but he has an excellent ability to rotate the strike. Thats the type of person you want on other end while stroke players (U.Akmal, Afridi, A.Razzaq) are playing. You just need to give strike back to the aggressive player, he ll do the rest.

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    He embarassed us by losing important test against Nasir's English team several years back in Karachi. Good keeper of course.

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    well he always talks bold so hope to see some good decisions in team selection. only time will tell. that he will move in circles or do something new.

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    He was on of the most Talented cricketers Pakistan have ever produced. He was known as the "Man of Crises". So he should include such players in Pakistan team, who can produce such performances when needed by the team. I personally think that he is best choice and he must bring Abdur Razzaq, one of the leading all rounder in the world both in ODI and T20. If moin want pakistan team to be on the rise, he must include some talanted young players along side Experience players... Best of luck Moin, Best of luck TEAM PAKISTAN

  • on July 15, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Good Choice, Now Im hopeful to see Some consistent Players like Abdul Razzaq, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Asim Kamal in the team. Will we see Afridi leading Pakistan in T20 World cup and upcoming Fifty Over World Cup!!!

  • on July 15, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    congratulation Moin Khan & this is the good move of PCB.Now you will see a lot changes.

  • on July 15, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Good selection, one of the few cricketers in Pakistan who posses cricketing brain.

  • umairasgharbutt on July 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    good selection by pcb to select him to select team pakistan!

  • on July 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Good decision i think as Moin has been in the coaching business since he retired from international cricket and has a better understanding of modern day cricket, the challanges of this era and present situation of pakistan domestic circuit. hopefully he'll bring some new talents and it'll be a challenge to fill up the space senior players will be crating as many players are in their thirties which for a sportsman is near retirement age. these include captain Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi Kamran Akmal and Gul maybe.

  • masoodali150 on July 15, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Best of luck for Pakistan Team

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    he should bring Razzaq in ODI & T20

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @ Atif Ansari >>> Fawad Alam is not given proper run of chances especially in test matches.How can u say he is given proper chances, after scoring 168 in his first test against the likes of murlitharan at their home ground he is just allowed to play only 3 test where he averages 40+, his average in odis is also heavier as compared to players like farhat, akmal brothers and hafeez with a healthy strike rate of 75 odd.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @ Atif Ansari >>> Fawad Alam is not given proper chances in test matches. How can u removed a player after just 3 test who scored 168 in his first test against the likes of murlitharan in his home ground and how can u give chances to player like imran farhat, kamran akmal etc.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on July 15, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Good choice you will see a lot of changes ... Moin is a true fighter and he will take decision in favour of pakistan cricket. And he might even bring fawad alam back

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    he should bring azhar mahmood in T20s...

  • hotcric01 on July 15, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    A really good move!Pakistan need a good management.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...Congratulation moin

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Now lets see if he can find some good wicket keeper for Pakistan.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ mainul079080 >> You are asking for Fawad Alam ? He was already tried for Pakistan team but didn't suceed. Why not try other talents?

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Theres nothing much to do with the National squad, apart from 2-3 names, rest are all an automatic selection. His major task is to select the A team on merit.

    I would however like to see if he has the wherewithal to bring Abdul Razzaq in the ODi and the genius to bring Azhar Mehmood to the T20 team.No point planning for the future when ur present is screwed.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 15, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Not a very good decision as Moin is a traditionalist and may go on to bring in the same failed players again and again. We need someone who can unearth young talent and select boys like Usman Salahuddin, Haris Sohail, Shahzaib Hassan, Fawad Alam and at the same time give Abdul Razaq his due chance.

  • Stark62 on July 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I'm glad iqbal qasim has been sacked!!

    I'm not sure what Moin's plans are but let's hope, he gives deserving players a chance.

  • mainul079080 on July 15, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Moin should do justice now to Fawad Alam whose average in 1st class is the highest and just awesome and who is certainly the solution of brittle PAK middle order.

  • ahsanmahmood945 on July 15, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    i think its a very good decision that will help alot in selecting the deserving players for upcoming matches

  • on July 15, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    A true fighter to the core...........I am sure he will he will make the best decisions in the interest of Pakistan cricketer..............

  • Dazzzlerz on July 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    i hope Moin now gives us a good Wicketkeeper atleast.

  • somethingdifferent on July 15, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Great responsibility. Hope he just performs his duties without bias and favoritism and free from influences from Senior players and old colleagues. If he can do this that would be great service to the country.

  • Engr.Zubair007 on July 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    It's glad to see the former best wicket keeper as a chief selector of Pakistan cricket team,Let's hoop he will prove his selection and will equally give chances to senior players as well as seek out young talent,which Pakistan has a lot...

  • on July 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    I think a good decision and will prove further good if the whole selection committee is renewed. Good luck to Moin and Team Pakistan. I hope that there will be no Karachi/Lahore/Sialkot diplomacy

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  • on July 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    I think a good decision and will prove further good if the whole selection committee is renewed. Good luck to Moin and Team Pakistan. I hope that there will be no Karachi/Lahore/Sialkot diplomacy

  • Engr.Zubair007 on July 15, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    It's glad to see the former best wicket keeper as a chief selector of Pakistan cricket team,Let's hoop he will prove his selection and will equally give chances to senior players as well as seek out young talent,which Pakistan has a lot...

  • somethingdifferent on July 15, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Great responsibility. Hope he just performs his duties without bias and favoritism and free from influences from Senior players and old colleagues. If he can do this that would be great service to the country.

  • Dazzzlerz on July 15, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    i hope Moin now gives us a good Wicketkeeper atleast.

  • on July 15, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    A true fighter to the core...........I am sure he will he will make the best decisions in the interest of Pakistan cricketer..............

  • ahsanmahmood945 on July 15, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    i think its a very good decision that will help alot in selecting the deserving players for upcoming matches

  • mainul079080 on July 15, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Moin should do justice now to Fawad Alam whose average in 1st class is the highest and just awesome and who is certainly the solution of brittle PAK middle order.

  • Stark62 on July 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I'm glad iqbal qasim has been sacked!!

    I'm not sure what Moin's plans are but let's hope, he gives deserving players a chance.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 15, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    Not a very good decision as Moin is a traditionalist and may go on to bring in the same failed players again and again. We need someone who can unearth young talent and select boys like Usman Salahuddin, Haris Sohail, Shahzaib Hassan, Fawad Alam and at the same time give Abdul Razaq his due chance.

  • on July 15, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Theres nothing much to do with the National squad, apart from 2-3 names, rest are all an automatic selection. His major task is to select the A team on merit.

    I would however like to see if he has the wherewithal to bring Abdul Razzaq in the ODi and the genius to bring Azhar Mehmood to the T20 team.No point planning for the future when ur present is screwed.