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The newly-appointed chief selector of the Pakistan men’s senior national team Haroon Rasheed has assured to focus on better communication with the players and the team management from now on. Rasheed was offered this new post on Monday, January 23. Notably, this is the former Pakistan batter’s second stint as chief selector having served his first term in 2015-16.
Rasheed will be succeeding former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi who had served as the interim chief selector for the home bilateral series against New Zealand in December-January comprising two Tests and three One Day Internationals.
Afridi had only taken up the position till the New Zealand series. Nonetheless, Najam Sethi had offered him an extension to serve on a long-term basis which was declined by the veteran all-rounder citing other commitments including his charity work.
This is a critical area as the players need to have absolute clarity: Haroon Rasheed
“One of the key aspects I will like to focus on during my time will be improving communication,” Haroon Rasheed said in an official statement.
“This is a critical area as the players need to have absolute clarity on why they have been selected or not selected, which, in turn, will help them to deliver the desired results, work harder on their skills and remain motivated,” he added.
Talking about strategizing his plans for this year as the chief selector, Haroon Rasheed has said that it is his responsibility to ensure that the best selectors are selected for multi-nation tournaments like the Asia Cup and the World Cup.
“I am honoured to have been entrusted with this responsibility and look forward to working very closely with the team management and the National High Performance Centre so that we have clear pathways and can work collectively to select best available players for what will be a busy and high-profile year of cricket, including the ACC Asia Cup, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the tour of Australia for three Tests”.
Pakistan are currently on a three-month break from international cricket and they will next be seen in action on April 13 when they host New Zealand in a white-ball series.
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