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|Wasim Bari replaces Sohail as chief selector|
Friday, January 23 2004 13:41 Hrs (IST)
A PCB press release in Islamabad said former Test captain Wasim Bari had been appointed as chairman of the national selection committee.
Iqbal Qasim, Sultan Rana and Ehtshamuddin were named as the new members of the panel that has been asked to take on its responsibilities immediately.
Iqbal Qasim, who is the convener of the junior selection committee, will act as a link between the senior and junior committees, it said.
The announcement coincided with the arrival of the national cricket team from New Zealand where the team enjoyed mixed success, winning the Test series 1-0 while losing the One-day series 4-1.
Bari had quit as chief selector after the debacle suffered by the team in the World Cup last year.
The then PCB, chief retired Gen, Tauqir Zia appointed tough talking Sohail as the chief selector while also re-appointing former batsman Javed Miandad as the coach and another former cricketer Ramiz Raja as the chief executive of the Board.
However, strains were visible in the new set-up as Sohail and Miandad openly quarrelled over selection recently when New Zealand were touring the country.
Things came to boil as Inzamam-ul Haq, who replaced Rashid Latif as captain, joined Miandad and snubbed Sohail, who was considered to be personally close to Zia.
Sohail appeared isolated when Zia suddenly quit two months ago citing personal reasons.
Zia was replaced by former diplomat Shaharyar Khan by President, General Pervez Musharraf, also the patron of PCB, hoping to clear up the mess well before the much awaited cricket series at home with India.
PCB sources said the return of Bari could change of complexion of the team with some of the old greats like Waqar Younis getting a chance to play again.
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