Former Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been appointed as the chief selector of the Pakistan men’s selection committee.
“I am honoured 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. The decision to involve former players in cricketing matters is commendable and I am willing to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” he said, according to a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday.
His first assignment will be the selection of the national men’s squad for the three-match Test series against Australia from 14 December to 7 January in Australia and the five-match T20I series against New Zealand from 12 to 21 January in New Zealand.
“Heading a selection committee is a challenging task. We have a significant Australia tour coming up that is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle and a T20I series against New Zealand that will allow us to develop a formidable unit leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June next year,” the newly appointed chief selector said.
Riaz said that 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.
“I have a good rapport with the Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez and we will be working closely for the success of Pakistan cricket. I will always be available to the players for feedback and advice,” he added.
Additionally, former Pakistan cricketer Sohail Tanvir has been appointed as head of the junior selection committee.
Tanvir’s first assignment as chairperson of the junior selection committee will be the selection of the Pakistan U19 squad for the 2023 ACC U19 Asia Cup scheduled to be held between 8 and 17 December in UAE.
Pakistan U19 will later take part in the ICC U19 World Cup from 13 January to 4 February in Sri Lanka.
Wahab, who made his international debut in 2008, represented Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20Is picking up 237 wickets and scoring 1200 runs across the three formats.
He was Pakistan’s second-most successful bowler in World Cups, registering 35 wickets across three editions of the marquee event.