Pakistan news February 26, 2014

Rashid Latif named Pakistan chief selector

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Rashid Latif, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been named chief selector of the national team. He will replace Azhar Khan, who was named head of the selection panel for an interim period when the PCB was taken over by an eight-man management committee after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dissolved the board of governors on February 10. Latif will take over the role from April 1.

This is the third time in less than a month that the chief selector has been changed. Earlier, the PCB, under Zaka Ashraf, had appointed Aamer Sohail as head of the selection panel, which was immediately denounced by the new management committee under Najam Sethi and coordinate member Azhar was put in charge to select the ODI and T20 squads for the tournaments in Bangladesh.

Latif was in contention for different roles, including the head of anti-corruption department. He, though, has been given an additional responsibility to assist the board in imparting training and conducting lectures on anti-corruption matters.

"I am excited on getting associated with PCB," Latif said. "I will endeavour to build a strong team keeping in view the World Cup 2015. I will also assist PCB in whatever way I can in anti-corruption matters."

The other selectors in the selection panel are Azhar, Saleem Jaffar and Farukh Zaman. Pakistan's next assignment will be a home series against Australia in the UAE in October.

Latif played 37 Tests and 166 ODIs in a career that spanned 11 years. He last played in 2003 and since than has been engaged with the game, running a cricket academy in Karachi. He is currently working as a government graded officer - as sports head of Port Qasim Authority (also a first-class team). According to the PCB, he will join them on deputation from his parent department.

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

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  • cricketkumar on February 27, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    That's great. Moin Khan as coach and Rashid Latif as chief selector. Wow. They used to compete for one slot earlier, now they'll work in partnership.

  • Asif_Bary on February 27, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    I am from Sri lanka . Great fan of Rashid Latiff. Man with a great integrity I wish him well to do a good job for Pakistan Cricket. I don't know much about the domestic players but at least half of the current set up should go. Good luck

  • android_user on February 27, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    i m sure he will do better then others cheif selectors...May he become a successful in his good purposes..

  • Malik_Murad on February 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    It is too early to predict about the selection of Chief Selector. Only time will tell as Rashid is new to PCB setup and has only been around in the media criticizing so many things about PCB. So, it is now his job is to do what is actually require. Looking forward for something better than the past...

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    It must be great even if he stays for 1 to two years .... He was neglected for most of his career. And now we will get rid of Shoaib malik, kamran AKmal etc atlast...hope sarfraz, hammad azam, raza hassan, asad shafiq, fawad alam gets their due properly now (i m from Punjab-- pakistan)

  • android_user on February 27, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    great decision....now the selection wil b on merit....inzamam should b selected as a batting coach now....

  • Mustafa7861 on February 27, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Please re-call Abdul Razzak in the team along with Imran Nazir and Nasir Jamsheed, we do not need Hafeez he is the waste performer.

  • Mustafa008 on February 27, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    Rashid bhai, please bring back Abdul Razzak and Imran Nazir. Remove Hafeez he is the worst player.If you want Pakistan to win then Razzak must be in the sqad because he is the only player who can manage to victory....

  • Neuman on February 27, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Wish him best of luck ...good luck PK CKT

  • dummy4fb on February 27, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Now Players From Punjab Sindh KPK Baluchistan Will be Selected on Merit..

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