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Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Rao Iftikhar Join Pakistan Selection Panel

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the appointment of three former Pakistan cricketers as consultant members to the newly-appointed chief selector Wahab Riaz. The three are Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who have played for Pakistan in different formats and have a wealth of experience.

According to a PCB press release, the three consultant members will take charge of their roles with immediate effect and will assist Wahab Riaz in selecting the Pakistan squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, which will start on January 12, 2024, after the conclusion of the Test tour to Australia.

The press release further stated that the consultant members may also be assigned additional tasks such as conducting skills camps when they are not engaged in selection duties.

Kamran Akmal, who was part of the Pakistan team that won the 2009 T20 World Cup at Lord’s, is a veteran wicketkeeper-batter who has represented Pakistan in 268 international matches, scoring 6,871 runs across formats with 11 centuries and 27 half-centuries.

Salman Butt, who was the captain of the Pakistan team that was involved in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, is a former left-handed opener who has played 135 international matches for Pakistan, scoring 5,209 runs across formats with 11 centuries and 27 fifties.

Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who was a reliable right-arm medium pacer for Pakistan in the late 2000s, has featured in 65 international matches for Pakistan, taking 78 wickets across formats.

The appointment of the three consultant members is part of the PCB’s major overhaul of the Pakistan cricket team’s management and leadership, which began in November.

On November 15, Babar Azam resigned as the captain of Pakistan in all formats after he was only offered to retain the Test captaincy by PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf following Pakistan’s disappointing exit from the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

The PCB then named Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as the new captains for Test and T20I cricket respectively, while Mohammad Hafeez was appointed as the director and head coach of the team.

Wahab Riaz, who had announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2019, was given the role of chief selector, while Sohail Tanveer was made the head of the junior selection committee.

Mohammad Yousuf, who is regarded as one of the finest batters in Pakistan’s history, was given the responsibility of coaching Pakistan’s U19 team.

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