Inzamam-ul-Haq appointed Pakistan chief selector

Inzamam-ul-Haq may not have any experience as a selector, but he has been a head coach for Afghanistan and batting consultant for Pakistan © AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed chief selector of Pakistan. Inzamam, a former Pakistan captain, has been coaching Afghanistan from October 2015, and was originally contracted by the ACB until December 2016. But ACB Chief Shafiq Stanikzai, on Saturday, said they were ready to release him.

This will be Inzamam’s first experience as a selector, however he has worked with the Pakistan team before. For a brief period, he was their batting consultant in 2012-13.

Inzamam’s appointment comes in the wake of several changes in Pakistan cricket. His former team-mate Waqar Younis had stepped down as coach on April 2 and a day later, Shahid Afridi announced he was relinquishing his T20 captaincy. This shake-up has been the result of a poor 2016 for Pakistan. They lost the T20 and the ODI series in New Zealand in January. Their only win in the Asia Cup T20 in February was against the UAE. In the ensuing World T20, they lost three out of four games and were knocked out.

Performance reports from Waqar and team manager Intikhab Alam had made several points pertaining to selections. Waqar recommended that the chief selector “should be someone who has played modern-era cricket and has a positive vision” and had recommended Inzamam for the job.

More to follow

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