Tauseef Ahmed’s initial responsibility is to pick Pakistan’s Test squad for their upcoming three-game series against Australia, starting on December 14.
During the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named former cricketer Tauseef Ahmed as the interim chief selector for the men’s national team.
This decision comes after Inzamam ul Haq’s recent resignation due to a conflict of interest related to his ownership of stock in a sports management company that works with several current national players.
Tauseef Ahmed’s initial task will be to choose Pakistan’s Test team for the upcoming three-match series against Australia. The series kicks off on December 14 with the first Test taking place in Perth, followed by the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.
The 65-year-old cricketer has represented Pakistan from 1980 to 1993, participating in 34 Test matches and 70 ODIs, where he took a total of 148 wickets.
His experience of playing in three Tests and thirteen ODIs in Australia gives him an advantage in selecting the Pakistani team based on the current conditions.
Wajahatullah Wasti, another former cricketer, has been appointed as the head of the junior selection committee. Wasti, who played in six Test matches and fifteen ODIs from 1999 to 2000, scored a total of 678 runs, including two centuries in Test cricket and one fifty in ODIs.
Pakistan will face England in a match in Kolkata
In their final group stage match of the ongoing ODI World Cup on November 11, Pakistan is set to face the defending champions, England, at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
A win in this game provides Pakistan with a slim chance to secure a spot in the competition’s semifinals, while a loss would result in their elimination.
The 1992 champions began their campaign with two wins, but they faced a setback, losing four consecutive matches. However, they made a remarkable comeback by winning their last two games.
Currently, with eight points, Pakistan shares the fifth position in the ODI World Cup points table with New Zealand and Afghanistan, who hold the fourth and sixth positions, respectively.