Pakistan news April 21, 2014

Moin named Pakistan manager and chief selector


Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper, has been named chief selector and manager of the national team. Moin had been Pakistan's head coach for two months till the end of the recent World T20, and is currently a member of a three-man panel to evaluate candidates for coaching positions with the national team.

The position of full-time selection committee head has been vacant for the past 10 months after Iqbal Qasim decided to not renew his contract and since then, an interim selection panel has been working. The board has also appointed former batsman Zaheer Abbas as principal advisor to PCB chairman Najam Sethi.

Moin has been Sethi's choice for various posts in the PCB setup. He was originally named chief selector last year during the legal wrangle in Islamabad High Court but the decision was nullified by the court. He was subsequently appointed team manager.

The PCB had been functioning under an interim management committee for a large chunk of 2013 after the court suspending Ashraf as board chairman in May; it ruled Ashraf's election to be questionable. But then Zaka Ashraf was reinstated by the court as PCB chief in January, only to be axed by the Pakistan Prime Minister, the board's chief patron.

The PCB has selected teams since July with an interim selection committee of Azhar Khan, Saleem Jaffar and Farukh Zaman - the trio whose stint ended after the announcement of World T20 squad.

The position of the chief selector has had plenty of changes in recent times. Incoming chairman Sethi removed Aamer Sohail, a week after he had been appointed by ex-chairman Ashraf. The PCB, under Ashraf, had also considered Mohammad Ilyas for the head of selection committee but never made it an official appointment and Ilyas was restricted to the junior selection committee. Rashid Latif was the next man named by the succeeding chairman but, despite committing to the role, he refused to sign the contract over differences with the PCB. His tenure was expected to be effective from April 1.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Mohammed Athar on April 25, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Wapuser, I do not agree with you that Razzak is not performing. However he never got a chance to perform and show his skills, he has been frequently dropped from the team because of the wrost player like Hafeez. So tell me when and were did the Razzak got a chance to perform if he is selected also he will not be allowed to bat in top order and also he did not get a chance to boll, then how can you say he is not performing.

    Please remember the days when Razzak use to server the country and also won many many matches for Pakistan, he also used to pull the victory from opponent team. After all his efforts we shall make him captain at least for his renaming years of his career. Pakistan shall consider his previous records and make him captain.

    I agree with your point that youngsters must be given change, thats correct but the team shall have experience players as well with in the team.It shall be a combination of experience and youngsters....

  • Dummy on April 24, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Mustafa I don't agree with u regarding Razzaq!! For how long we will c these old players??? Where is razzaq performing?? Nd u r asking to give him captaincy Naye players like jamshed, hammad, haris etc zyada deserve krte hai!! That's what I personally think

  • Mohammed Athar on April 23, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Pakistan need changes now, please select Abdul Razzak as the team captain along with other good players, remove Hafeez from the team.

  • Mohammed Athar on April 23, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    This is good new, now we can get back some good players like Abdul Razzak and Nasir Jamsheed. Now Razzak shall be the captain for the team.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    It's a Good move By the Pcb. It remains To be seen. He needs to a better Job at pointing His Coaching Staff and Players.

  • Garolian on April 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    If he was the one responsible for howlers such as the selection of Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, yet again, Pakistan Cricket has no chance

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    I wish Inzamam is given some responsibility. His experience will definitely improve performance.

  • Android on April 23, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    changing the top management or selecting panel doesn't make any difference. it is about the team and players which needs to be changed. and as far as i remember, Mohsin Khan had a great stunt as a team coach when pak whitewashed eng in UAE but he is still not being considered which is very sad and hard to understand. i strongly suggest pcb to install mohsin khan as a head coach and you guys will see the difference in team's performance & attitude. I hope this gets posted and read by pcb officials.

  • VIJAY on April 22, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    one person for two posts!!!!!?? PCB should learn about management from BCCI.....whatever the issues with BCCI, but it never fails in managing the resources and building world class infrastructure...i wonder till today all Asian cricket boards except BCCI failed to get one coach to train their team....but BCCI has three coaches for three departments--batting, bowling, fielding...its all about managing the resources and utilizing them effectively

  • Muhammad on April 22, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    It's a good decision by the PCB to appoint Moin Khan as the chairman of the selection panel, as his last tenure only lasted 1 week.

    However, I don't think it is a great decision to also make him the manager of the team. I understand as the manager he will always be traveling with the team & can see first hand how the players are performing on & off the field. But, I think the negative to Khan as manager is that he might build a "friendship bond" with the players & that could lead to favoritism, instead of fairness.

    Anyhow, I hope that Moin Khan does well with both of these roles & collaborates with the coaches, players, & management.

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