PCB to consider Wahab Riaz for chief selector post

The pacer recently announced retirement from international cricket

By Web Desk
November 15, 2023
Wahab Riaz is leading the race to become the chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team. — AFP

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Zaka Ashraf has been meeting with former cricketers since Tuesday (November 14) in order to get their input on Babar Azam-led unit’s abysmal ICC World Cup 2023 performance.

The 2009 T20 World Cup winning captain Younis Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Sohail Tanvir were among those who met Ashraf at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on November 14.

Ashraf has shortlisted the names of potential candidates for the post of chief selector with Hafeez, Younis and Riaz making the list but the former left-arm pacer remains the strongest candidate for the job.

It is worth mentioning that the PCB accepted Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation a few days ago and appointed former Test cricketer Tauseef Ahmed as the interim chief selector for the Australia Tour but he has now been removed as Ashraf continues his search for a new person.

The PCB will also start a training camp for the players to prepare for the Test series where players who have performed up to the mark in domestic cricket will be invited to showcase their talents.

During the same time, the new selection committee, which is expected to be announced by then, will start considering the Test squad and a new captain is also likely to be named.

The announcement of the new chief selector will be made soon as the PCB is taking its time to appoint someone who is aware of the demands of modern cricket and would select players who can meet those demands.

Earlier today, it was reported that the PCB has decided to strip Babar Azam of captaincy from all formats, sources told Geo News.

The development comes after Babar-led Pakistan didn’t qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2023 in India.

The sources said if Babar decides to submit his resignation, the board would accept it, otherwise, PCB will sack him from the post.

They added that Shan Masood is a strong candidate for the captain's slot in the upcoming Test series against Australia and Shaheen Shah Afridi for the T20I series in New Zealand.

Shaheen might also lead the Green Shirts in next year's T20 World Cup, the sources said.