The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the reappointment of the cricketing icon Inzamam-ul-Haq as its chief selector for a second term. Inzamam, who previously held the position from 2016 to 2019, returns to this crucial role, bringing his extensive cricketing experience to shape the national squad.
Inzamam, a celebrated figure in Pakistani cricket history, has played 120 Tests, accumulating 8830 runs at an impressive average of 49.60, including 25 centuries and 46 fifties. He has also left a mark in ODIs with 11739 runs from 378 matches, at an average of 39.52, comprising 10 centuries and 83 half-centuries.
His immediate task involves selecting the Pakistan squad for the 50-over World Cup scheduled to take place in India across October and November. Inzamam had previously fulfilled a similar role in picking the Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup in 2019. Besides the World Cup preparations, he will be responsible for forming the team for the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka (August 31 to September 17) and the three-match ODIs against Afghanistan starting from August 22.
Inzamam’s appointment comes as the PCB undertakes reforms to elevate the country’s cricketing landscape. As part of this revamp, he was named, alongside Mohammad Hafeez, as a member of the Cricket Technical Committee headed by Misbah-ul-Haq. This committee aims to enhance cricket at the grassroots level.
The details of the selection committee’s hierarchy and responsibilities, which includes head coach Grant Bradburn and Head of Cricket Operations Mickey Arthur, will be finalized after a meeting with Babar Azam, the captain of the men’s national team. Inzamam’s return to the role holds promise for Pakistan cricket as the nation seeks to make its mark on the global stage once again.