LAHORE Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan has hit back at ODI captain Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis over criticism that they were not consulted for selection of the squad for the forthcoming series against South Africa. Khan said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) constitution did not state that the captain or the coach must be involved in the selection process. Let me clarify that it is not written down in the PCB constitution that the coach and captain must have a say in the selection of any squad, PakPassion quoted Khan as saying. My selection committee and I were asked by the PCB management to select squads for the series against South Africa, so we did that. We were asked by the PCB management to select a squad at short notice because of the logistics of the series in the UAE and the travel arrangements of the team had to be sorted out very quickly, he added. Afridi had earlier fuelled speculation that he and the board were unhappy with each other. I make it a point to give the selectors my input because I am the one who has to get the desired results from my team on the field, Afridi had said in a television interview. I wanted two to three players other than Sohail Tanvir in the side. I will meet PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to discuss this, he added. He also had to pay the price for speaking the truth as the PCB pointed its guns at him for expressing his displeasure. A PCB spokesman had disclosed that Afridi had been officially warned over his comments. It is not a show-cause notice but a written warning, asking Afridi to avoid giving statements on selection issues, the spokesman added. Under the PCB code of conduct, players are forbidden to speak on selection matters and are also not allowed to criticise the boards policies. The 'home series against South Africa would consist of two Test matches, five ODIs and a Twenty20 match. PCB starts working on ICC directives The officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board are feeling the heat of the International Cricket Councils proposed directives to put the house in order with its top official are head down working to streamline the things as the parent body wants it to be. The PCB chairman Ijaz Butt returned from Dubai where the ICC Executive Board gave the PCB 30 days to improve its working structure and initiate a number of measures and come back to the Pakistan task force. The PCB began working on implementation of the directives issued by the ICC with its top officials seem busy discussing the ICC orders. In the initial meetings, PCB chief operating officer Wasim Bari, Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam, Yawar Saeed and other officials discussed the ways to make the ICC directives possible. They did some paperwork for forming the anti-corruption and security unit at the national and provincial level and make arrangements at the National Cricket Academy to educate the players. However, the final approval of the blueprint of the directives will be given by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. The ICC has asked the PCB to implement its directives at the domestic level also and report it to the task force and on failure of doing so, the ICC would impose sanctions on the PCB. Salman hopes to revive Pakistan career Pakistans tainted captain Salman Butt is keeping himself fit for his return to the team and is training hard regularly at the National Cricket Academy. Talking to journalists here, he said that he was going into an experience of a lifetime and has learnt a lot. He will reveal the names of persons who got him struck in the allegations of match-fixing when time is ripe. Salman, Muhammad Aamir and Muhammad Asif are the three Pakistan cricketers who were suspending by the ICC while acting on the News of the World spot-fixing story that alleged the players involvement. Salman said that he was hopeful he would be back in the team for the South Africa series to be played at the UAE. All these three cricketers filed appeal against the suspension and the hearings of their cases will be held in Qatar on October 30 and 31. My cricket career was going well and I was also doing well. These allegations have damaged my career, he said. It has been a big learning experience for me. It has taught me a lot about how to deal with the people around you. I am working hard and doing my bit. The conditions in Lahore and the UAE are the same so I am preparing hard on playing spin, he added.