Pakistan cricket chief selector resigns

October 8th, 2008 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Oct 8 (IANS) Pakistan’s chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed resigned Wednesday just hours after the Sports Ministry issued the notification regarding the appointment of former Test cricketer Ijaz Butt as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Salahuddin, a former Pakistan Test batsman, told IANS that he wanted to provide room to the new PCB chief to appoint the person of his choice as the new chief selector.

“I welcome the appointment of Mr. Ijaz Butt as the new PCB chief and wish him all the best,” he said.

Salahuddin, who was named as the chief selector last April, just weeks after Pakistan’s embarrassing first round exit from the 2007 World Cup, said he gave his best during his stint as the head of the national selection committee.

“I must give credit to former PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf for his relentless hard work and dedicated efforts,” said Salahuddin. “He (Ashraf) gave the selectors a free hand and we were never pressurised to select any player in the team,” He said.

Saleem Jaffer and Shafqat Rana - the two members of the national selection committee - have decided against following suit.

Butt has taken over as the PCB chief and it is widely anticipated that he would carry out some sweeping changes in the national cricket set-up in the coming weeks.

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