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Former captain Shahid Afridi will head the new interim selectors committee for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), officials said on Saturday, the latest change since the team was thrashed by England.
The PCB underwent a major overhaul on Thursday when a 14-member management committee took over after Ramiz Raja was sacked as chairman.
The main committee, headed by former chairman Najam Sethi, also dismissed chief selector Mohammad Wasim before appointing Afridi.
Shahid Afridi : “We will try to make Babar Azam a good captain.” pic.twitter.com/O1gMHN0eXN
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Former players Abdul Razzaq and Rao Iftikhar were also named selectors, the PCB said.
On Sunday, on the eve of the start of the New Zealand Test series, Shahid Afridi, made a statement on Babar’s leadership in his first public press conference after assuming the role.
Before the meeting, Afridi had a press conference, where he was asked about his stance on Babar’s captaincy. He said, “This Selection Committee is here to support Babar Azam. He is a world-class batter and we want to help him become an equally good captain too.”
The former Pakistan captain then hinted at the inclusion of both Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mir Hamza in Pakistan playing XI for the Test match.
“Our aim is to try our bench strength. A lot of our senior players are out for a long time. We will try and manage workload as Babar highlighted this issue previously,” Afridi said.
“Hamza has performed really well in past couple of years and he deserves to be in the team. In absence of Shaheen, we needed a left-arm pacer. His inclusion will be worthy for us,” he added.