Banned Pak players father-in-law appointed as chairman of junior selection committee

November 22nd, 2008 - 3:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Nov 22 (ANI): The father-in-law of banned Pakistani opener Imran Farhat, Muhammad Ilyas, has been appointed by the PCB as chairman of the national junior selection committee.

Illyas, a former opener, has played 10 official and unofficial Tests, with a combined average of 43.2 for Pakistan.

Farhat is currently playing with his brother Humayun in the ICL.

The other five members of the committee are former Test and first class cricketers, a spokesman for the PCB told the Daily Times.

The members are Basit Ali (Karachi), Furrukh Zaman (NWFP), Ali Ahmad (Lahore), Asif Baloch (Balochistan) and Afzal Gujjar (Hyderabad-Sindh).

It is the first time that former first class cricketers have been named as selectors because we firmly believe they have an ample experience to identify talent at the grassroots level, he added.

The PCB official said that former Test fast bowler Saleem Jaffar and opening batsman Shoaib Mohammad had been retained in the senior national selection committee.

Saleem was the chief selector in the interim selection committee while Shoaib son of former Test captain Hanif Mohammad and Ijaz Ahmed are the other members.

Former Test leg-spinner Abdul Qadir was named the new chief selector on Thursday. Ijaz has been dropped after Qadirs inclusion, but he is expected to take over as fielding coach, either with the Pakistan team or at the National Cricket Academy. (ANI)

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