Afridi is currently rendering his services as interim chair of Men’s National Selection Committee for home series against New Zealand
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is mulling appointing legendary former cricketer and ex-captain Shahid Afridi as the chief selector for the men’s national team till the World Cup 2023, scheduled to be held in India, said well-placed sources.
The all-rounder is currently rendering his services as the interim chair of the Men’s National Selection Committee for the home series against New Zealand after he was appointed for the role by the PCB Management Committee — headed by Najam Sethi.
“I feel honoured 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,” Afridi said after his appointment.
We must resume our winning streak, and he said, “I have no faith that via meritocratic and calculated selection decisions, we will help the national team to perform strongly in the series against New Zealand and regain the confidence of our fans.
Former cricket players Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum are also on the panel, and Haroon Rashid, a member of the management committee, is the moderator.
Between 1996 and 2018, Shahid Afridi participated in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs, and 99 T20Is during which time he amassed 11,196 runs and 541 wickets. In 83 international games, he also served as captain of the home team. He additionally competed for Pakistan in the 2009 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Afridi was also nominated for a position on the management committee but chose not to accept it in order to concentrate on his philanthropic organisation.
Mickey Arthur set to be new head coach
Mickey Arthur, who will likely travel in Pakistan in the coming weeks, is on track to take over as the men’s team’s new head coach.
The South African, who is the head of cricket for the English county team Derbyshire, will land in Pakistan as soon as his exit strategy has been decided upon.
In the past, Arthur oversaw the Pakistani team for three years after assuming leadership in 2016.
It should be mentioned that the contracts for both bowling coach Shaun Tait and head coach Saqlain Mushtaq will end on February 9, 2023.