Following Inzamam ul Haq’s resignation amidst conflict of interest allegations, former cricketer Tauseef Ahmed has been appointed as the interim chief selector for the Pakistan cricket team. Ahmed’s immediate task will be to select the national squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.
The decision to appoint Ahmed comes after Inzamam stepped down from the position last month amid allegations that he held shares in a company owned by players’ agent Talha Rehmani. This raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest, given that Rehmani represents several of Pakistan’s leading cricketers, including Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
While Inzamam maintained that he resigned to allow for a transparent inquiry into the allegations, the PCB is still investigating the matter. The investigation is expected to take some time to complete, as it involves the legal, audit, and finance departments.
Meanwhile, Wajahatullah Wasti has been appointed as the head of the junior selection committee, responsible for selecting players for the U19 and A teams. Both Ahmed and Wasti are members of the existing selection committee, ensuring a smooth transition in leadership.
With the World Cup 2023 underway, the Pakistan cricket team faces crucial challenges ahead. The appointment of Ahmed and Wasti signals the PCB’s commitment to maintaining transparency and upholding the integrity of the sport.
Pakistan Cricket Team is marred by several controversies throughout this ongoing world cup. Pakistan has to win its last game England to keep its hope for qualifying for the semi-finals alive. While Sri Lanka will have to beat New Zealand and Pakistan has to win the match against England with a big margin.
A few days ago, criticism arose from former cricketers and the public after Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, Zaka Ashraf, revealed a personal WhatsApp message from skipper Babar Azam during a TV show. This action was taken in response to media reports suggesting that Ashraf was not responding to Azam’s messages or calls.
Former Pakistan skipper and wicketkeeper batter, Rashid Latif, had previously claimed that Babar Azam was not receiving responses to messages sent to Ashraf, CEO Salman Naseer, and Director Usman Wahla.