In a significant development for Pakistan cricket, former fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been appointed as the chief selector of the national men’s selection committee. This move comes ahead of crucial assignments, including a three-match Test series against Australia and a five-match T20I series against New Zealand. With an impressive international career that saw him represent Pakistan in 27 Tests, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20Is, Riaz brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the game to his new role.
Challenges and Goals
Addressing the media, Wahab Riaz expressed his honour at assuming the role and acknowledged the challenge of heading the selection committee. He emphasized the significance of the upcoming Australia tour, a crucial part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle, and the T20I series against New Zealand. Riaz outlined his primary goal, stating, “My primary goal would be to give weightage to the top performers in domestic cricket and announce well-rounded squads equipped with the necessary skill sets.”
Riaz highlighted his collaboration with Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez, expressing a positive rapport. He stated, “I have a good rapport with the Pakistan Men’s Team Director Mohammad Hafeez, and we will be working closely for the success of Pakistan cricket.” This partnership aims to synergize their cricketing expertise for the betterment of the team.
Accessibility and Player Engagement
Ensuring transparency and player engagement, Riaz reassured that he would always be available to the players for feedback and advice. This commitment underscores his dedication to fostering an environment that encourages open communication and supports the development of a strong cricketing unit.
Wahab Riaz’s appointment as the chief selector marks a strategic move by the Pakistan Cricket Board, leveraging the experience of a seasoned campaigner to steer the team towards success in the upcoming challenges. The cricketing community eagerly awaits the squads that Riaz will assemble, with a keen eye on the Australia Test series and the T20I series against New Zealand.