Wasim was named Pakistan’s top selector until the 2023 World Cup

(Reuters) – Former Test batsman Mohammad Wasim has been appointed Pakistan’s top selector, succeeding Misbah-ul-Haq, until the 2023 World Cup in India, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.

Misbah juggled dual roles for over a year before leaving the position of chief selector last month to focus on his position as head coach of Pakistan.

“The appointment of Wasim is also part of our strategy to garner, develop and provide leadership opportunities for our talented cricketers,” Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement.

Currently head coach of the Northern Cricket Association, Wasim’s first assignment will be to select Pakistan’s side for the home series against South Africa next month.

“We have a busy 2021 year ahead and I will focus on being positive on selections that not only address our short-term needs but also fulfill our long-term ambitions,” said Wasim, 43 years old.

“We have tremendous talent in Pakistan and it is important that they have opportunities.”