In recent times, the PCB appointed a new director and chief selector for the Pakistan cricket team. Following the tragedy of World Cup 2023, the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) is conscious of transforming and reshaping the Pakistan Team as the best side ever in the history of cricket.
The Former Pakistan fast bowler, Wahab Riaz, is selected as the new chief selector for the international cricket team.
Previously, the position of chief selector became vacant on 30th October 2023, after Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation. Additionally, Inzamam gave his resignation when Pakistan had a high chance of being alive to qualify for the knockouts.
Similarly, the former Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, was appointed as the Pakistan Team’s director. Additionally, PCB merged the role of team director and Head coach in recent times.
Interestingly, Mohammad Hafeez has to step up for the dual role as the Pakistan team’s director and head coach.
Pakistan Team Director and Head Coach: Mohammad Hafeez (Left ) and Chief Selector: Wahab Riaz (Right)
Moreover, the PCB appointed 2 different captains for Tests and T20Is.
However, there is no official confirmation about the new ODI skipper. According to ICC’s schedule, Pakistan doesn’t have any ODI series or tournaments in the forthcoming months. This provides sufficient time for the PCB to decide on the new ODI skipper.
The PCB nominated Sohail Tanvir, as the head of the junior selection committee. This includes selecting the team members for the U-19 World Cup starting from 8th December to 17th December 2023. Additionally, Sohail Tanvir has the responsibility to select players for the U-19 Asia Cup that starts from January 13th to February 14th, 2023.
Earlier, Wahab Riaz officially announced his retirement from International cricket in August 2023. Also, Riaz retired from franchise cricket as he played his last season of the PSL (Pakistan Super League), this year for his team Peshawar Zalmi.
After playing a crucial role as Lahore’s Sports Minister, Wahab Riaz has to fit himself into the position of Chief Selector.
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The first task for Wahab Riaz is to select the best players for the forthcoming 3-match Test series against the Aussies.
Subsequently, Pakistan will be traveling to New Zealand. The men in green will be playing a 5-match T20I series against the Black Caps on their home ground.
Also, Riaz being aware of the challenges as a chief selector aims to reshape the Pakistan Cricket team.
Moreover, Wahab Riaz highlights the important upcoming matches for the Pakistan cricket team:
- 3-Match test series against Australia in the year 2023.
- 5-Match T20I series against New Zealand in the year 2024.
- The ICC T20 World Cup 2024 co-hosted in the USA and the West Indies
- ICC World Test Championship 2023-2025 process
Also, Wahab Riaz feels that the upcoming test match series against Australia will have a major consequence on his team’s performance to participate in the World Test Championship.
Overall, Wahab Riaz would be conscious of avoiding the similar mistakes of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam CWC 2023’s selection process.
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Wahab Riaz expresses his gratitude for the selection as the chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team.
Furthermore, Riaz shows his thankfulness by mentioning the PCB management committee chairman- Zaka Ashraf, for trusting him and providing the great opportunity to shoulder such a huge responsibility.
Wahab Riaz further praises the decision of PCB to appoint the former cricketers to a reputable position.
Wahab Riaz further states that his primary task would be to prioritize the top-performing players in domestic cricket. Giving importance to well-talented youngsters, makes the Pakistan team squads equipped perfectly with the required skills.
The former Pakistan cricketer promised that he would always be available for the players during their happiest and toughest phases by providing valuable feedback and support.
Interestingly, Wahab Riaz shares an amazing fact about his interesting rapport with the Pakistan team’s director Mohammad Hafeez.
As a result, both of these former cricketers will play a major role in supporting the Pakistan cricket team in the path of success.
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Wahab Riaz as a chief selector would be seeking to include the best talented players for the upcoming tournaments. Similarly, Mohammad Hafeez as the Pakistan team’s director and Head coach, can guide the players during the crucial moments of the match.
It would be a fresh start for the Pakistan Cricket team after suffering a terrible period in the CWC 2023 tournament.
As PCB appointed a new director and chief selector, it would be intriguing to watch Pakistan cricket team players’ best performances in the upcoming matches.