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PCB takes U-turn on selection committee, Akram top contender for chief role

According to sources, former pacer is ready to accept the role

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is likely to change its stance on the formation of the national selection committee by reverting to the old formula.

According to sources, the current selection committee, spearheaded by regional team’s head coaches, will be dissolved and a four or five-member panel will take charge instead.

For the chief selector role, former Pakistan bowling coach and Peshawar Zalmi’s Director Cricket, Mohammad Akram, is the top contender.

According to sources, Akram is ready to accept the role but he also wants to keep working for his Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise.

The former pacer, who currently resides in England, is also close to PCB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan, with the latter known for preferring people who have work experience in England.

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Recently, former cricketers Saqlain Mushtaq, Nadeem Khan, Mohammad Zahid and Atiquz Zaman, who have worked or lived in England in the past, were roped in by the PCB, for different roles in the National High Performance Centre, as well.

Earlier today, Misbahul Haq had resigned as the Pakistan men’s team chief selector, after announcing the decision in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The former captain believes that it is no longer possible for him to focus on the dual role but will continue working as the national team’s head coach.