KARACHI: Chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said on Thursday that he had not resigned but relinquish at the end of his tenure with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“My tenure has expired in March this year. But I was asked by then the PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf to continue till the West Indies tour”, he told APP while dispelling the impressions in the media that he had resigned as Chairman.
“I had always served the game with honesty, dedication and devotion to the best of my ability and selected the players on merit and performances”, he commented.
He said like Pakistan supporters and followers of the game he was naturally disappointed with showing of the team on the tour of South Africa and in the Champions Trophy.
Iqbal Qasim, he had always taken the advise of captain and coach while selecting the national teams.
He said he and his fellow selectors have picked best possible Pakistan team for the tour of Caribbean and wished them all the best.
“I had always kept the interest of Pakistan above all while finalizing the best teams for country”, he said.
He said keeping in view the performances and dropping of seniors we have selected young guns as a rebuilding process of the team with an eye on 2015 World Cup.
He expressed the hope that team will try to their best to live to the expectation of the nation keeping in view their emotional involvement with cricket.
He thanked PCB Chairmen in reposing confidence in him and cooperation extended to him by captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Muhammad
Hafeez and coach Dav Whatmore and all the officials in the PCB.