LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday appointed former batsman Basit Ali as chief of Pakistan's junior national selection committee and he will head a four-member panel. The committee also includes former Test cricketers Ali Naqvi and Farrukh Zaman, and Ali Zia, general manager (cricket development) at the National Cricket Academy. Basit and Zaman had earlier served as junior selectors in 2008.
Compared to Javed Miandad in his early years, Basit played 19 Tests in a two-year span between 1993 and 1995, while his 50-match ODI career stretched until 1996. Naqvi, a right-hand batsman, scored a Test century on debut against South Africa in October 1997 but played the last of his five Tests just a few months later in March 1998. Zaman, a left-arm spinner, played just one Test in 1976. Zia, who bowled medium-pace and legspin, has extensive first-class experience - having played 165 first-class games and 62 one-dayers between 1974 and 1993.
New PCB selection committee meets today: The newly formed national selection committee headed by the former captain Moin Khan will meet here on Tuesday to start preparations for Pakistan's forthcoming international assignments, which will culminate with the World Cup in 2015.
"Our first task is to identify and shortlist around 30 to 35 players who will form the nucleus for our upcoming assignments including the 2015 World Cup," Moin said. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said that initially the shortlisted players will have to attend a month-long training/conditioning camp in Lahore from May 6.
Senior players like Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan, however, will miss the camp as they have been given permission by the cricket board to play cricket in England. Moin said that with the tour to Sri Lanka due in July-August, the selectors have ample time and opportunity to identify players for all three formats of the game. "Obviously the Tests this year against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand are important for us but we also have to start identifying players who can serve us best in the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand," he added.
Meanwhile, the board will be mulling over who will be the next head coach and support staff of the national team. The Board has set a deadline of May 5 for interested candidates to apply for positions of head coach, batting coach, fielding coach, spin consultant and other positions.
Pakistan's former captain and coach, Waqar Younis is seen as a frontrunner to once again get the head coach's job but a board official said that the PCB would wait and see who all apply for the different positions. The official confirmed that Pakistan's former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq had also applied for the position of head coach and also spin consultant.