Wahab Riaz, the former Pakistan fast bowler, has been appointed the new chief selector of the senior men’s team. This appointment comes in the wake of Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation from the position amid conflict-of-interest allegations. Inzamam stepped down on October 30, during the World Cup, when Pakistan was still vying for a semi-final spot.
Although he hasn’t formally retired from franchise cricket, his PSL team, Peshawar Zalmi, posted a tweet on Friday thanking Wahab for his “exceptional services to the team” and his “countless contributions over the past 8 years”.
“The [PCB’s] decision to involve former players in cricketing matters is commendable and I am willing to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” Wahab said in a board statement.
Wahab Riaz appointed as Chief Selector amidst overhaul!
Wahab, who retired from international cricket in August this year, will begin his new role ahead of the three-match Test series in Australia, scheduled for December-January. This will be followed by a five-match T20I series in New Zealand in January. Wahab Riaz acknowledged the challenges of heading a selection committee, especially with the upcoming Australia tour that is part of the World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle and a T20I series against New Zealand.
These series will serve as a platform to develop a formidable unit leading up to the T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June next year. Wahab Riaz expressed his eagerness to work closely with the Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez for the success of Pakistan cricket. His primary goal would be to give weightage to the top performers in domestic cricket and announce well-rounded squads equipped with the necessary skillsets.
The other members of the selection panel have not been named yet. As the new chief selector, Wahab Riaz is poised to bring his experience and insights to the table, aiming to elevate Pakistan cricket to new heights.
See how fans have reacted:
Pakistan Cricket is the Greatest Circus in the History🤡
— Rajiv (@Rajiv1841) November 17, 2023
Wasay & Iffy pic.twitter.com/K9TDJL2Dwc
— Tweeting Quarantino (@rohitadhikari92) November 17, 2023
And he will play in PSL under Zimbarbie pic.twitter.com/zS98o0McMb
— Mahessh Devendra (@mahesshdevendra) November 17, 2023
— ICT_Fan (@retired_duck) November 17, 2023
Wahab Riaz plays under Babar Azam captaincy in PSL.
* Wahab to Babar:
"Tu meri jagah PSL mein sambhal, main teri jagah national team mein dekhlunga"
BC, ye log conflict of interest ko seriously bhi nahi lete
— Dom (@diligent_three) November 17, 2023
— Sheikhspeare 🇵🇰 (@SheikhspearePk) November 17, 2023
Wahab Riaz is sports minister of one of the province of Pakistan, no wonder he was appointed as chief selector of Political cricket board (of Pakistan) pic.twitter.com/9NumINtX7g
— CricWiz (@CricWizTalks) November 17, 2023
pak cricket has become a joke at this point
— Aahil (@KulcheNihari) November 17, 2023
Don’t be surprise if he come out of retirement and select himself for pct
— Asim khan (@asimsays9) November 17, 2023