PCB Appoint Wahab Riaz As Chief Selector Of Pakistan Men's Cricket Team
Wahab Riaz [X.com]
In a significant development, Pakistan Cricket Board has named former fast bowler Wahab Riaz as the chief selector of the men's cricket team. Recently, Pakistan suffered a horrendous group-stage exit in the 2023 World Cup, failing to qualify for the semifinal. After the team's disastrous performance in the marquee event, the PCB made significant changes on the administrative level. While ex-captain Mohammad Hafeez was roped in as the director of cricket, Wahab has been appointed as the chief selector.
Also, star batter Babar Azam recently resigned from captaincy across formats following the team's World Cup ouster. Ace speedster Shaheen Afridi has been named the Pakistan captain in white-ball cricket, with experienced opener Shan Masood succeeding Babar in red-ball cricket.
In a career spanning over 12 years, Riaz represented Pakistan in 154 matches, scalping 237 wickets across formats. He was particularly known for his exploits in ODI cricket, where he picked 120 wickets in 91 appearances. His reverse-swing bowling in the 2011 World Cup semifinal against India and a fiery spell against Shane Watson in the quarter final of the tournament's 2015 edition.
Talking about Pakistan, the Men in Green will be up against Australia in three Tests and five T20Is in a tour starting next month.