Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and Rao Iftikhar will support Wahab Riaz, the chief selector

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and Rao Iftikhar will support Wahab Riaz, the chief selector

Chief selector Wahab Riaz of the PCB has three former international cricket players as consultant members: Salman Butt, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, and Kamran Akmal. With immediate effect, the three will assume their positions on the selection panel. Following the conclusion of their Test tour to Australia, Pakistan’s five-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand will begin on January 12 and mark their first assignment as consultant members.

The PCB stated that the three could be assign other responsibilities, like running skill camps, when they are not performing selection duties.

Anjum and Akmal have both previously held selection-related duties. Before quitting all forms of cricket in February, Akmal played for Pakistan in 53 Tests, 157 ODIs, and 58 T20Is over the course of a 15-year career. Earlier this year, he was appoint chair of the PCB’s Junior Selection committee. In addition, he was name chairman of an eight-person selection committee that would choose regional and district teams through trials for the Under-13, Under-16, and Under-19 divisions.

Anjum represented Pakistan in one Test, 62 ODIs, two T20Is, and a three-man committee when Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi were named interim chief selectors of the men’s national team later in the year.

Butt, the former captain, will be taking on an official role with the PCB for the first time since he returned from a protracted ban due to his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. When he was given the ban, he had captained 33 Tests, 78 ODIs, and 24 T20Is. Following that, Butt never donned Pakistani national colours again, despite the fact that he played first-class cricket and received an offer from the PCB to become a commentator in 2020. Some people will be curious about the appointments.

Wahab Riaz (chief selector)

In the caretaker government led by Mohsin Raza Naqvi, Wahab Riaz, a former cricket player and administrator from Pakistan, was appoint chief selector of the Pakistan national team on November 17, 2023. He also serves as an advisor to the chief minister of Punjab for sports and youth affairs.

Wahab and Akmal were both question during and after the same episode, but Butt was bann and serv time for his involvement in the 2010 scandal. Much before the spot-fixing scandal of 2010, Akmal received a notice from the ICC following the T20 World Cup, but he was later allow to be pick by Pakistan. After the incident at Lord’s, Akmal did not play in another Test match, but he was a part of Pakistan’s white-ball teams.

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