According to reports, Mohammad Hafeez, a former captain of Pakistan, would take over as Pakistan’s chief selector. According to media rumors, the former all-rounder would assume leadership following Pakistan’s current tour in Sri Lanka.

Currently on the island for a two-test series are Babar Azam and company. Pakistan has had success thus far on the trip. They defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets in the first game of the two-match series at Galle to establish a commanding lead.

Mohammad Hafeez is the candidate that was newly appointed as Pakistan’s chief selector president Zaka Ashraf prefers, according to sources from PTI. Since the PCB’s former Cricket Management Committee (CMC) was disbanded in June of this year, the position of Pakistan’s head selector has been empty.

A Meeting of Minds: Zaka, Hafeez, and Latif Discuss Pakistan’s Chief Selector Role

According to the source, Zaka and Mohammad Hafeez and Rashid Latif recently met. Latif, however, turned down the offer, stating that he was unwilling to accept the position of Pakistan’s chief selector. However, Mohammad Hafeez stated that he would like to be Pakistan’s chief selector.

“Zaka met with the previous captain, Rashid Latif, and Hafeez and discussed the position of the head selector with them. A source informed PTI that Rashid showed no interest in the position, but Hafeez indicated that he is open to taking it.

“Rashid was more enthusiastic about tackling anti-corruption problems. Before retiring last year, Hafeez represented Pakistan in 55 Tests, 218 ODIs, and 119 T20Is. He made it obvious that he would enjoy the challenge of serving as the head selector, the source said.

Stability in the Selection Panel: Hafeez’s Approach as Chief Selector

If Mohammad Hafeez is appointed as the head selector, it appears doubtful that he would add any fresh selectors to the panel. The selection panel, which also comprises team director Mickey Arthur and head coach Grant Bradburn, is led by Haroon Rasheed, who was chosen by the previous PCB CMC. Even if Rasheed is unlikely to do so, it is expected that the other selectors will stay in their positions. However, the source pointed out that Haroon Rasheed is technically no longer heading the selection committee due to the disbandment of the previous CMC.

Challenges in Altering the Selection Committee: Busy Schedule Poses Doubts

He continued that due to the Pakistan team’s busy schedule following the Sri Lanka tour and with Afghanistan also scheduling an ODI series in Sri Lanka in August before the Asia Cup, it is doubtful that the whole selection committee would be altered.

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