Karachi, Dec 2 – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the appointment of retired cricketing stalwarts Kamran Akmal, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, and Salman Butt as consultant members to Chief Selector Wahab Riaz.
Effective immediately, the trio will collaborate with Wahab Riaz in their capacity as consultants, with their first assignment involving the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand scheduled to commence on January 12, 2024, after the conclusion of the Australia tour.
Kamran Akmal and Rao Iftikhar Anjum bring their wealth of experience, having been part of Pakistan’s victorious ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign in 2009. Akmal, who was recently appointed as the chair of the PCB’s Junior Selection Committee, has previously undertaken selection duties. He also leads an eight-member committee responsible for conducting trials for Under-13, Under-16, and Under-19 teams.
Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who was part of the interim chief selector committee alongside Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, has also contributed to selection duties in the past.
Notably, this marks Salman Butt’s first official position with the PCB since his ban in 2010 related to the spot-fixing scandal.
The appointments follow a comprehensive restructuring within the PCB after Pakistan’s early exit from the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The recent changes include the appointment of Mohammad Hafeez as Team Director, Wahab Riaz as Chief Selector, and Shan Masood as the new Test captain, with Shaheen Afridi named T20I captain. The move reflects the PCB’s commitment to rejuvenating and reshaping the national team for future successes.