LAHORE

Former Pakistan captain and Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed as the chief selector for the national cricket team.

The 46-year-old resigned as Afghanistan coach on Sunday to assume the charge in the PCB as chief selector , which is considered as the most thankless job in the sport with the holder routinely turfed out following the team's failure in a high-profile event.

Inzamam’s selection committee, comprising former opening batsmen Tauseef Ahmed, Wajahatullah Wasti and former all-rounder Wasim Haider, was approved by the cricket board. The first task of the committee will be to pick squads for the tour of England where they play four Tests, five one-day and a Twenty20 starting in July.

Speaking at the press conference here at the PCB headquarters on Monday, Inzamam said: "I have played a lot for Pakistan but it's for the first time that I have come as a chief selector and the PCB has given me such an important responsibility," Inzamam said.

"I want to thank the ACB that they allowed me to do national duty. The three selectors should be involved in first-class cricket and we have one fast bowler, one spinner and one batsman so that we can cover three sectors." Inzamam, who replaces former batsman Haroon Rasheed, said he would do his best to lift country's cricket. "It was my long time wish to serve Pakistan cricket. I will try my best to be on the same page with captains and coach of the team for better results."

Pakistan's next assignment is a full tour of England - four Tests, five ODIs and a lone T20I - that starts in July. Inzamam cautioned against expecting an immediate change in performance. "We have to be patient, don't expect anything soon. I will see the players first, you will see a change soon. I am here for the national duty and I won't leave it," he said.

"To select a team is a very important thing. It has to be done by some cricketer, I will try to fulfill my duty. It's the start, I don't have a magic wand, it will take time, there will be technical things and other problems too which we have to see. "I can't talk about the last selection committee, but you have to make a pool of players and guide them and spend time with them. When you make changes, you face problems, but we will be back on track if we make a pool of players," he added.

About his style of working, Inzamam said: "I will try and also hope that I will be allowed to work independently. My role is different, when I was the captain, I used to give my suggestions. Now, I will listen to the captains too about what's their suggestion. When I was the captain, I used to have my say. The captain is the main man. Like how I used to give my suggestion, I will give importance to what captain and coach will say because they are the ones who matter inside the ground."

To a query regarding Shahid Afridi’s selection in the squad, Inzamam said the performance of Afridi in the T20 World Cup was not good as every player went through a bad patch in his career. “Afridi served Pakistan cricket for 20 years and he was a star player of the team and would remain a star player.”

Addressing the journalists at the press briefing, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan warmly welcomed Inzamam as the chief selector for Pakistan cricket team, saying he was glad that the former batsman came forward to serve the national team and the country. "Inzamam agreed to take over as chief selector and we are thankful to Afghanistan cricket board for releasing him. His tenure will be ‘until further orders’.”

Shaharyar stated that the name of the team’s coach would also be announced within few days, adding that it was not necessary for the head coach to be a Pakistani national or a foreigner. He also announced that former spin legend Mushtaq Ahmad would serve as the head coach of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The PCB is likely to name a head coach later this month after Waqar Younis resigned following team's failure to reach the last four in the World Twenty20. Shaharyar said that the PCB had been in contact with former Pakistani cricketers for the vacant slot of head coach. He said it was not mandatory for coach to be a foreigner.