Pakistan name former player Aamir Sohail as chief selector
Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has been named chief selector of the national team.
Last Updated: 04/02/14 12:01pm
The 47-year-old, who will head up a four-man selection panel, has also been confirmed as director of game development, a role that covers everything from grassroots to first-class cricket.
Pakistan have not had a chief selector since the Islamabad high court suspended all decisions taken by interim cricket board chief Najam Sethi, who had been in the post since July 2013.
Sethi had appointed former skipper and wicketkeeper Moin Khan as chief selector but Zaka Ashraf, who was reinstated as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman in January eight months after being suspended by the court over dubious elections, has turned to Sohail.
"The Pakistan team is doing well in one-day matches and Twenty20 and I will try to further lift that as well as our showings in the Test matches," said Sohail.
The attacking left-handed batsman played 47 Tests and 156 one-day internationals for Pakistan and played a key role in helping them claim the 1992 World Cup.
Sohail's first task will be to select the national squad for the Asia Cup which takes place in Bangladesh from 25 February - 8 March.
He was also keen to offer his support to Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul Haq.
"Misbah has led the team well and I don't need to defend him," added Sohail.
"We have to work together and powers matter much less to me than solving problems."
This will be Aamir's second spell as chief selector - he last held the post in 2003.