Selection committee and captain finalizes the team: Najam Sethi


Karachi: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee Najam Sethi Friday said that the selection committee and the captain have decided the team and PCB’s top brass has negligible influence.

“The final call is from selection committee and captain for finalizing the team,” Najam Sethi told reporters here at National Stadium.

“The chairman could question the selection and logic behind selecting one player while not considering the other. The chairman could give his input but the ball remain in selectors’ and captain’s court which player to pick. This has now become a practice in the board since it restricts blame game if team’s performance was not up to the mark. Selection committee must take the blame and credit for team’s performance,” he explained.

He added that PCB chief Shaharyar Khan was given four names by the tour selection committee and he picked Rahat Ali. “The chairman believes that a youngster should be given a chance when ‘oldies’ are not performing,” he said.

26-year-old Rahat Ali has been named to join Pakistan World Cup squad to replace injured Junaid Khan.

Najam Sethi, who is also a former PCB chief, said that the rift with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was that that the series to be played between the two sides was to be hosted by Pakistan.

“Bangladesh was expected to tour Pakistan in 2012 but they backed out and didn’t tour Pakistan for whatever reason. We had visited them the preceding year so it was their turn to visit Pakistan. Bangladesh has also not willing to come to UAE. So, we have compromised and would tour Bangladesh but we will not surrender our lawful right on tournament profits,” he added.

PCB has asked BCB to share profits but BCB has said that it would not share any profits.

Najam further said that once Pakistan and India bilateral ties restores, Pakistan players will be picked for Indian Premier League (IPL). Pakistan players featured only in the inaugural IPL season, and are yet to make another appearance.