Former batsman Mohammad Wasim has been appointed the chairman of Pakistan men's national selection committee, taking over from incumbent head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.
Wasim's first assignment in the new role will be Pakistan's upcoming home series against South Africa comprising of two Tests and three T20Is around the end of January 2021.
Wasim, who represented Pakistan in 18 Tests and 25 ODIs between 1996 and 2000, will vacate the position of head coach for Northern Cricket Association. Under his coaching stint, Northern clinched the National T20 Cup last year and came runners-up in the previous season of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
The 43-year-old has been approved by the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani to remain in charge of his new responsibilities till the 2023 World Cup.
Wasim will be assisted by a six-member selection panel featuring head coaches of all the domestic cricket associations. Five of them retain their slots while Wasim's replacement in the committee by virtue of his exit from the Northern set-up will be announced soon.
“Wasim’s appointment is also part of our strategy to groom, develop and provide leadership opportunities to our talented cricketers. After retiring from competitive cricket, Wasim has progressed through the ranks, having previously worked as a match referee, coach and selector," said PCB chief executive Wasim Khan.
“He is a young, progressive and bold thinker who is in sync with our new High Performance Player Framework, and is one of the very few people who are completely aware of the pool of talented cricketers available at the domestic level."
Meanwhile, the freshly appointed Mohammad Wasim focused on the importance of maintaining a meritocratic attitude in his selection policies.
“I have been very fortunate to have played with some of the finest cricketers and am confident that I will be able to execute those learnings in this challenging role," Wasim said.
“We have a busy 2021 year ahead and I will focus on being positive on selections that not only address our short-term needs but also fulfil our long-term ambitions. We have immense talent in Pakistan and it is important that they are given opportunities.
“This is a performance-oriented world and, as such, my philosophy will be to promote meritocracy and select squads according to home and international conditions and requirements. As a chief selector, I will always be willing to make the hard calls, if these are in the best interest of Pakistan cricket."
Wasim's predecessor Misbah was given the dual responsibilities of heading the selection committee and coaching Pakistan after the departure of Mickey Arthur and Inzamam-ul-Haq following the 2019 World Cup.
Additionally, the PCB have named former wicketkeeper Saleem Yousuf as the leader of the PCB Cricket Committee that presently includes Ali Naqvi (match officials’ representative), Umar Gul (current cricketers’ representative), Urooj Mumtaz (women cricketers’ representative), and Wasim Akram (former cricketers’ representative).
The Cricket Committee's main duties relate to advising the PCB chairman on "cricket-related matters, including but not limited to the performances of the national cricket teams and their management, domestic cricket structure, high-performance centres and playing conditions."