Pakistan’s reshuffle after CWC23 continues with the appointment of a former pacer as chief selector.

Pakistan’s reshuffle after CWC23 continues with the appointment of a former pacer as chief selector.

The Pakistan team is still being reshaped after the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, with the appointment of a new chief selector announced.

In the aftermath of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, former Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has been named chief selector of the Pakistan men’s national team. He will succeed Inzamam-ul-Haq, who announced his resignation during the tournament.

The latest announcement is one of many new appointments made by Pakistan following a disappointing World Cup campaign. Babar Azam stepped down as captain of all formats, with Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi taking his place as red-ball and T20I captains, respectively.

Pakistan failed to advance to the semi-finals of the marquee event, finishing fifth in the table with only four wins in nine games.

Morne Morkel, who was hired as the bowling coach on a six-month contract, also left his position, while the PCB changed the portfolio of the Pakistan coaching staff at the World Cup to working in the National Cricket Academy.

Mohammad Hafeez has been appointed as Team Director, and he and newly-appointed chief selector Wahab Riaz’s first task will be to take the team to Australia for a three-match Test series beginning 14 December, followed by a five-match T20I series against New Zealand.

“I am honored to assume the role of chairperson for the national men’s selection committee, and I extend my gratitude to Chairman PCB Management Committee, Mr Zaka Ashraf, for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Wahab Riaz said of his appointment. The decision to involve former players in cricketing matters is admirable, and I am eager to contribute to the improvement of Pakistan cricket.

“Leading a selection committee is a difficult task. We have a significant Australia tour coming up as part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle, as well as a T20I series against New Zealand, which will allow us to develop a formidable unit ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in the United States and the West Indies in June next year.

“I have a good relationship with Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez, and we will be working together to ensure Pakistan cricket’s success.” My primary goal would be to give weight to the top domestic performers and announce well-rounded squads with the necessary skill sets. I will always be available for feedback and advice from the players.”

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