New PCB Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim to decide the final squad for Asia Cup with Misbah-ul-Haq and David What more on March 2nd, 2012
Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Iqbal Qasim as the chief selector following Muhammad Ilyas’ resignation earlier.
Qasim, a former Chief Selector has accepted the offer and he will be accompanied by the five-man committee including Azhar Khan, Farrukh Zaman and Asif Baloch for the coming term.
Mr. Zaka Ashraf noted after the meeting, “We wanted to make some changes regarding the selection committee and Iqbal Qasim is the new chairman of the selection committee, Pakistan is going to the Asia Cup (in Bangladesh) and I hope the selectors will continue the merit policy”.
Qasim is presently the head of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and previously resigned from his job after the team’s terrible performance during the 2009-10 tour in Australia.
The team went through a lot of criticism after being whitewashed on both the Test and the ODI series. Moreover, Shahid Afridi faced a ban for biting the cricket ball.
Qasim voiced after accepting the offer, “During the two-and-a-half month tour (in Australia), we lost every single match we played but I pray that such a situation does not arise again, there’s a short time available for the Asia Cup, our team’s effort will be to select the best possible team. I can assure you that the team will be balanced”.
The future of Mohsin Hassan Khan with the Pakistan Cricket Board is still under question but Zaka Ashraf has clarified, “Mohsin’s future is associated with the PCB”.
David Whatmore will join Iqbal Qasim and Misbah-ul-Haq in a meeting scheduled tomorrow to discuss the final team for the upcoming Asia Cup in March.
Pakistan will face tough challenge during the coming event as it will have to face the mighty India and Sri Lanka whose batting performance at the ongoing series in Australia is a real lesson for the so-called Pakistani talented batsmen searching for their form since a very long time now.
The Writer’s eleven for the coming Asia Cup is below. Please suggest what team would you have picked if given the opportunity.
1- Ahmed Shahabad [Opener]
2- Azhar Ali [Opener]
3- Asad Shafique
4- Omer Akmal
5- Misbah-ul-Haq [Capt]
6- Shahid Afridi
7- Adnan Akmal [Wicket Keeper.]
8- Hammad Azam
9- Wahab Riaz
10- Omer Gul
11- Saeed Ajmal