The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Haroon Rasheed as the new chief selector of the national cricket team, following the recent departure of former captain Shahid Afridi from the role. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi made the official announcement confirming the appointment of Rasheed, a former test cricketer, to the role.
Rasheed has a wealth of experience in cricket administration, having served as a member of the PCB Management Committee, the convener of the interim selection committee headed by Afridi for the New Zealand series, as well as being the chief selector of the national team from 2015 to 2016 and manager of the national team from 2003 to 2005. As a player, Rasheed represented Pakistan in 23 Test matches and 12 ODIs, with a total of 1217 and 166 runs respectively. He also served as PCB's Director of Cricket Operations in 2017.
With this appointment, Haroon Rashid will be responsible for selecting the national team, and will play a key role in shaping the future of Pakistan cricket. Sethi said in a press conference, "I am pleased to announce Haroon Rasheed as the chief selector. I have worked with him over the last few years. I have made this announcement since there were a lot of speculations and I wanted to end those. We had enough time but there was pressure from the media so that is why I have made an announcement." Sethi added that the rest of the panel will be announced after consultation.
This appointment comes at a crucial time for Pakistan cricket, as the team looks to rebuild and improve its performance on the international stage. Rasheed's wealth of experience and knowledge of the game will undoubtedly be an asset to the national team as they work towards achieving their goals.