PCB’s new Chairman Najam Sethi has finally convinced Shahid Afridi to take over the selector job on an interim basis along with his playing days’ team-mates Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Shahid Afridi’s decision to get involved with PCB in an official capacity is the first time ever and before that, he always maintained he does not have the time available to work for PCB full-time.
Afridi’s First Assignment as Selector
Najam Sethi few days ago said he wasn’t quite happy with the team selected for the home team series against New Zealand. But he further said, since the team has been announced and there is not enough time available he would like the same team that previous selector Mohammad Wasim had announced.
But after the announcement today by the PCB, they now want Shahid Afridi to first review the team squad against New Zealand and be bold in his decisions because everyone wants to play a modern style of cricket in the longer format just like England recently did against Pakistan. PCT needs to forget about the fear of failure and be bold and courageous in their decision-making and have a proactive leader.
Afridi along with Razzak & Iftikhar will also select the best possible ODI squad for the ODI Super League.
Below are the official statements from PCB Chairman & Shahid Afridi on this new development.
Shahid Afridi has been an attacking cricketer who played all his cricket with no fear. He has nearly 20 years of cricket experience, has featured in all formats with significant success, and more importantly, has always backed and supported young talent.
So, in our collective opinion, there is no better person than him to understand the rigour demands, and challenges of the modern-day game. I remain confident that through his insight and knowledge of the game, he will help Pakistan select the best and most deserving players, and contribute to the side’s success in the upcoming series.
Najam Sethi, PCB Chairman
I feel honored to have been assigned this responsibility by the PCB Management Committee and will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling this responsibility to the best of my abilities.
We need to get back to our winning ways and I have no doubts that through meritocratic and strategic selection decisions, we will help the national side to perform strongly in the series against New Zealand and reclaim the confidence of our fans.
I will soon convene a meeting of the selectors and will share my plans with reference to the upcoming matches.
Shahid Afridi, Interm Chief Selector