KARACHI: Former captain Moin Khan, who has always been outwardly critical of the current team management, has succeeded Iqbal Qasim as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector. The announcement was made yesterday in the wake of Qasim’s resignation earlier this month.
Moin, a former wicket-keeper batsman, was one of the most accomplished cricketers, having represented the country in 69 Tests and 219 One-Day Internationals. He was also part of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning squad and led the side in 13 Tests.
The former cricketer has now been given team selection responsibilities following his meeting with PCB’s interim chairman Najam Sethi.
“I thank the PCB for trusting my abilities,” said Moin, after being appointed chairman of the selection committee. “I take this responsibility as a challenge. I have been given the task to form the best possible squad for the 2015 World Cup and I will try my best to succeed.
“Pakistan’s win [against the West Indies] has given me hope that we have highly talented players. We will try to carry ahead the same lot while inducting the best talent from domestic cricket if need be.”
Moin will now accompany the retained members of the selection committee — Salim Jaffar, Farrukh Zaman and Azhar Khan.
Moin’s tenure unclear
Although Moin hinted his contract was associated with the World Cup, a PCB official stated that the time period remained undefined.
“The time period for his tenure is not yet decided,” the PCB official told The Express Tribune.
Asked if Sethi – who has limited power being the interim board chief as detailed court orders are still awaited – could appoint a chief selector, the answer came in the affirmative.
“In the meeting between the PCB and the Board of Governors [10th July 2013], the Governing Board authorised the acting chairman of the PCB to make any decisions required to safeguard the interests and functionality of the body in all matters.”
Meanwhile, reports suggested various former cricketers were approached to take up the post, but refused due to the uncertainty surrounding the PCB set-up.
Would Moin get along with Whatmore?
Moin’s first assignment will be to form a team for the tour of Zimbabwe in August. However, the home series against South Africa in the UAE will be more of a challenging task for the former captain.
“Moin has assured to work with the team management in the team’s best interest,” said the official when asked about the possibility of indifference.”
It will be interesting to see Moin’s relations with head coach Dav Whatmore and captain Misbahul Haq as he had previously demanded their sackings on various occasions. Moin has blamed the team management as well as the selection for the squad’s prior failures, whether it was a Test whitewash to South Africa or being knocked out of the Champions Trophy.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013.