Karachi: Former Pakistan Test captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed as the chief selector of his country’s cricket team soon after he was released from his role as Afghanistan’s head coach.
The 46-year-old, who represented Pakistan in 120 Tests and 398 ODIs, shortlisted former cricketers Tauseef Ahmed, Wasim Haider and Wajahatullah Wasti as a part of the new selection panel.
Reflecting on his appointment, an elated Inzamam expressed delight over the opportunity given to serve Pakistan cricket and urged everyone to stay calm and not expect overnight results, the Express Tribune reported.
Inzamam, who played a key role in Pakistan’s victorious World Cup campaign in 1992, insisted that the head coach, captain and chief selector need to come together in order to catapult the team into greater heights.
Under the tutelage of Inzamam, Afghanistan displayed tremendous progress as they advanced to the Super 10 stage of the recently concluded World T20 and also became the only side to defeat the eventual champions West Indies in the tournament.
This development occurred in the wake of several changes in Pakistan cricket. Former pace spearhead Waqar Younis stepped down as coach a day after Shahid Afridi relinquished his T20 captaincy following a disastrous World T20 campaign.