Former fast bowler Wahab Riaz was appointed as the chief selector of the men’s cricket team, stepping into the role after Inzamam-ul-Haq’s departure due to allegations of conflicting interests last month. Having retired as a player in August, the 38-year-old Riaz brings his experience from 27 tests and 91 ODIs for Pakistan into this new position.
Wahab Riaz appointed as chief selector of Men’s cricket team
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Riaz’s initial task involves selecting the squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against Australia and the five-match T20I series against New Zealand. Expressing his honor at assuming this responsibility, Riaz credited PCB chief Zaka Ashraf for trusting him. He emphasized the significance of involving former players in cricketing affairs to advance Pakistan cricket. Riaz highlighted his positive relationship with team director Mohammad Hafeez, stressing their collaboration for Pakistan cricket’s success.
Emphasizing a focus on recognizing top performers in domestic cricket, he aims to compose well-rounded squads with the necessary skills. Additionally, Riaz pledged his availability to players for feedback and guidance. Inzamam-ul-Haq had resigned amidst reports linking a co-director in a UK-based company to the managing director of an agency representing prominent Pakistani cricketers. His departure occurred during Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup campaign, culminating in an early exit at the group stage, finishing fifth in the standings.