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Update Mohammad Wasim appointed Pakistan's chief selector
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Former Paksitan cricketer Mohammad Wasim has been appointed as the chairman of the men's national selection committee, taking over from Misbah-ul-Haq, till the 2023 World Cup. The appointments were approved by the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani following the final round of online interviews, which were held on Thursday (December 17) and Friday (December 18).

Wasim, who was a part of the selection committee under Misbah, will begin with his first assignment, which will be to select the team for two Tests and three T20Is against South Africa around mid-January. The replacement for Wasim, who was the head coach of the Northern Cricket Association, will be named soon, and that candidate along with the head coaches of the six first XI Cricket Association sides will continue to serve on the panel.

Wasim played 18 Tests and 25 ODIs from 1996 to 2000, and is a veteran of 191 first-class matches. Speaking of his appointment, Wasim said: "I have been very fortunate to have played with some of the finest cricketers and am confident that I will be able to execute those learnings in this challenging role. We have a busy 2021 year ahead and I will focus on being positive on selections that not only address our short-term needs but also fulfil our long-term ambitions. We have immense talent in Pakistan and it is important that they are given opportunities.

"This is a performance-oriented world and, as such, my philosophy will be to promote meritocracy and select squads according to home and international conditions and requirements. As a chief selector, I will always be willing to make the hard calls, if these are in the best interest of Pakistan cricket. I look forward to working closely with head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam as we collectively strive to take Pakistan cricket forward."

Meanwhile, Saleem Yousuf, the former wicketkeeper, has been appointed as the head of the PCB Cricket Committee, again a post which was till recently held by Misbah. Yousuf will head the panel which includes Ali Naqvi (match officials' representative), Umar Gul (current cricketers' representative), Urooj Mumtaz (women cricketers' representative), and Wasim Akram (former cricketers' representative).

Speaking of the appointments, Wasim Khan, PCB's CEO said on Saturday, "We are delighted to confirm the appointments of two high-quality individuals as Chair of the Selection and PCB Cricket Committees. Both will serve for an initial three-year period till the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023.

"Mohammad Wasim and Saleem Yousuf have sound knowledge of cricket, understand the rigours and demands of the modern game and are highly respected across the cricket fraternity. Both the gentlemen are also aligned to the PCB's five-year strategic pillar of strengthening our merit and opportunity-based domestic structure, as well as improving our international rankings across all formats.

"Wasim's appointment is also part of our strategy to groom, develop and provide leadership opportunities to our talented cricketers. After retiring from competitive cricket, Wasim has progressed through the ranks, having previously worked as a match referee, coach and selector. He is young, progressive and bold thinker who is in sync with our new High Performance Player Framework, and is one of very few people who are completely aware of the pool of talented cricketers available at the domestic level.

"Saleem Yousuf was an intelligent, courageous and aggressive cricketer who served Pakistan with distinction. While he has built a strong professional career outside of the game, he has continued to maintain a huge interest in both our domestic and international cricket. Under Saleem's leadership, we will have a fresh, objective and constructive approach to all aspects of our game and the PCB Cricket Committee looks forward to putting up strong recommendations to the PCB Chairman on how we can continue to improve Pakistan cricket."

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