The new PCB management committee, led by Najam Sethi , has terminated the contract of chief selector Mohammad Wasim and disbanded
all committees formed under the now-defunct 2019 constitution. This was the first decision the new board head took after formally taking charge on Thursday.
“We are going to disband all committees today because they were constituted under the 2019 constitution that
has been revoked and shall reconstitute them under the new SRO,” Sethi told ESPNcricinfo.
Wasim, a former Pakistan batter,
was named chief selector in December 2020 and was expected to stay on till the 2023 ODI World Cup.
On Friday, he was let go through an email
, only a few days after his last act of picking the Test squad for the New Zealand series at home. During his tenure, Pakistan played 16 Tests, won eight and lost six, though the four losses at home against
Australia (1-0) and, more dramatically and historically England (3-0) will weigh heavy.
In white-ball cricket though,
there was success
Pakistan making the semi-finals of the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup and the final in the 2022 edition. In 55 T20Is while Wasim was around, Pakistan won 34 and lost 18. And in 15 ODIs, Pakistan won ten and lost five.
The Pakistan government recently removed Ramiz Raja and his Board by revoking the 20
the constitution of 2014. Aside from the changes in the board and its structure,
19 constitution the PCB was operating under and giving the Sethi-led 14-member committee full executive powers to work on reviving
that constitution will also bring back department sides into domestic cricket –
they had been removed in 2019 after Imran Khan
became the prime minister of the country (the PM automatically becomes the PCB’s patron).
The management committee will, however, have to do without the services of two former captains now.
Sana Mir, the former women’s captain, has opted out of a position in the new management committee
, choosing, instead, to focus on her role with FICA and as a broadcaster.
Shahid Afridi, too, has declined the offer to be part of the committee as he remains occupied
with the work of his charity foundation.