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Former Test cricketer Nadeem Khan has been appointed as selection committee coordinator, it was announced in a press release by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
This move by the PCB comes across in a bid to cut down the burden on head coach-cum-chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, who will then focus purely on the national side as he won’t be able to watch domestic cricket himself and identify talent due to packed international schedule.
The key role of Nadeem Khan will be to act as a mediator between Misbah-ul-Haq and the six selectors (head coaches of six domestic teams).
Khan, who represented Pakistan in two Tests, will be giving his feedback by travelling across the country, watching domestic matches and then preparing detailed reports on potential candidates for international cricket.
The reports will be presented to the selection committee which will be used in picking players for the national side.
The press release, however, clarified that Nadeem will ‘neither be part of the national selection committee nor will have a say in selection matters’.
Speaking on the appointment, PCB Chief Executive, Wasim Khan said: “We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Nadeem Khan and welcome him to the PCB family.
“Nadeem is one of the most respected cricketers and is admired for his overall cricket knowledge, insight of domestic cricket and ability to speak openly, frankly and honestly.
“When we had unveiled Misbah-ul-Haq as chief selector and head coach, we had stated we will provide all necessary support to allow Misbah to fulfill his responsibilities and achieve his objectives and targets. Nadeem’s appointment is a testament to that statement.”