Former left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has taken on a new role as the chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team, a recent announcement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealed.
Riaz, who played in 154 international matches for Pakistan, retired from international cricket not long ago. Now, he’s entrusted with handpicking the squad for the upcoming Test series in Australia and the subsequent T20I series in New Zealand.
Expressing gratitude for the opportunity, Wahab Riaz thanked the PCB staff and Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, Mr. Zaka Ashraf, for entrusting him with such a significant responsibility. In a video released by the PCB, Riaz mentioned his commitment to improving Pakistan cricket, emphasizing the commendable decision to involve former players in cricketing matters.
Acknowledging the challenges of heading a selection committee, Wahab Riaz highlighted the importance of the impending tours to Australia and New Zealand, crucial parts of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 cycle, and a buildup to the ICC T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June.
He also stressed the significance of top domestic performers, aiming to build well-rounded squads equipped with the necessary skills. Riaz expressed willingness to offer feedback and advice to players and emphasized collaboration with Pakistan Men’s Team Director, Mohammad Hafeez, for the team’s success.