The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee led by Najam Sethi on Saturday appointed former skipper Shahid Afridi as the interim head of the men’s national selection committee for the home series against New Zealand, the board announced in a statement.
According to the PCB, Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar Anjum will also be a part of the tour-specific committee, while a member of the board’s management committee, Haroon Rashid, will act as the convener.
New Zealand are set to play two Tests and three One-Day Internationals on their first tour of Pakistan in 19 years. They arrived here on Thursday and will go play the first Test at the National Stadium on Monday.
Sethi, who is heading the PCB management committee, expressed his complete confidence in the newly-formed committee, saying: “I have no doubts that despite limited time, they will make brave and bold decisions that will help us produce a strong and competitive side in the series against New Zealand.”
He praised Afridi as an “attacking cricketer” and said that his 20 years of experience in all formats with significant success had always backed and supported young talent.
“So, in our collective opinion, there is no better person than him to understand the rigours, demands and challenges of the modern-day game.”