LAHORE: Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed as chief selector of Pakistan on Monday, after he was released from Afghanistan as a head coach. He had been associated with Afghanistan since October 2015.
The 46-year-old guided Afghanistan to the Super 10 stage of the World Twenty20 2016 in India, during which they defeated eventual champions West Indies.
The announcement was made in a press conference jointly addressed by Inzamam and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan. This will be Inzamam’s first experience as a selector, however he has worked with Pakistan as a batting consultant in 2012-13.
The former captain will head a panel of selectors that includes former opening batsman Wajahatullah Wasti, former off-spinner, Tauseef Ahmed and allrounder, Wasim Haider.
Shahryar Khan said the new head coach of national cricket team will be appointed in next few days.
Speaking on the occasion, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that he was honored by his appointment, as it would enable him to serve national cricket. He had played a lot for Pakistan but it was for the first time that he had been given such an important responsibility by PCB.
He said that the suggestions from the coach and captain of the national team will be given due weight, while doing selection.
He had a contract with the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) until the end of the year. However, chairman PCB had requested ACB to release him for the job.
“I want to thank ACB that they allowed me to do national duty. I worked for them for six months, I am thankful to them for their cooperation. The three selectors should be involved in first-class cricket and one fast bowler, one spinner and one batsman so that we can cover three sectors,” said Inzamam.
Inzamam joined the Afghanistan team as head coach for Zimbabwe’s tour in late 2015. After victory of Afghanistan in both ODI and T20 series in Zimbabwe, he signed a contract to extend his period in the position.
Before Afghanistan, Inzamam’s last coaching assignment at the international level was as Pakistan’s batting consultant few years back.