DateLine: 21st November 2008
Pakistan's cricket board on Thursday appointed former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir as head of its selection committee, an official said.
The 53-year-old takes over from former fast bowler Salim Jaffer, who was made head of an interim selection committee last month.
"Qadir will be our new chief selector," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters, adding that other members of the selection committee will be announced shortly.
Qadir's appointment is part of the PCB's drive to use the experience of former players to put Pakistan's team cricket back on track. The Board on Wednesday also appointed former captain Javed Miandad as its director general.
Qadir said his priority will be to select the most deserving players.
"I want to give my honest dedication and will select players on merit and devise a system where no first class player can complain that he was not selected despite doing well," Qadir told AFP.
Qadir played 67 Tests for Pakistan in the 1970s and 80s and took 236 wickets. He also played 104 one-day internationals. This is the first time that Qadir has been appointed to the selection committee.
"I want to make the most of the opportunity and hopefully help Pakistan cricket with my experience," said Qadir, whose first task will be to select the team for a high profile home series against India.
"The first task is difficult, but we will do a honest selection so that we can put the best fight against India who are improving by leaps and bounds," said Qadir.
India is scheduled to go on a January-February tour of Pakistan, but it is still unclear whether the side will receive clearance by its government because of security fears in the wake of suicide bombings in Pakistan by Islamist militants.
India are slated to play a side game, three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international.
(Article: Copyright © 2008 AFP)
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