Inzamam resigns as PCB chief selector

Former Pakistan captain announced the decision during a press conference in Lahore

Inzamam resigns as PCB chief selector PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Former captain Inzamamul Haq has resigned from his position as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chief selector.

Inzamam announced the decision during a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday.

“I’m resigning from my position because I want to give time to the new selection committee,” said Inzamam. “I’m thankful to PCB, players and team management for their support, throughout my time as chief selector.”

Inzamam also spoke about the importance of having a new chief selector for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Championship.

“With the ICC World Test Championship, due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring new ideas and fresh thinking,” he said.

He also confident that the future of Pakistan cricket was in safe hands as the youngsters are ready to shoulder the responsibility.

“The Pakistan cricket team has come a long way since the departures of stalwarts like Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan, in May 2017, and is now destined for improved results as the youngsters have grown in experience and stature. They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats,” he said.

The former right-handed batsman was appointed as the head of the selection committee in April 2016, by then PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

It must be noted that Inzamam and his committee were initially contracted to work until April 30, 2019 but with the World Cup just around the corner, the PCB decided to extend the contract until July 31.

The biggest highlight of his tenure as chief selector was Pakistan’s 2017 International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy triumph.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani also paid tribute to by stating: “Inzamam is one of the icons of Pakistan cricket who has served his country passionately both as a player and as a chief selector. During his tenure, we have seen the emergence of many talented young cricketers. I would like to thank Inzamam for the leadership he provided to the group and the cricket knowledge he brought to one of the most critical roles in cricket.”

Meanwhile PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “Inzamam leaves behind a legacy on which Pakistan cricket can thrive. We wish him all the best and I have no doubt that he will continue to contribute to Pakistan cricket in the future.

Wasim also spoke about the recruitment process for new chief selector.

“As part of our commitment to transparency and professionalism, PCB will advertise the chief selector’s role and will carry out a thorough recruitment process. We look forward to appointing Inzamam’s successor in the coming weeks,” he said.