Vol. 4 Num 237 Sat. January 24, 2004  

PCB chief selector replaced

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday sacked its selection committee, which had been accused of nepotism, and reinstated a former chief selector as the head of a new body.

The five-man committee led by Amir Sohail was replaced by a team headed by former Test captain Wasim Bari, the PCB said in a statement.

"The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaharyar M. Khan, has appointed former Test captain Wasim Bari as chairman of the National Selection Committee," it said.

Bari had headed the selection team until Pakistan's failed campaign in last year's World Cup.

The old committee had been accused of nepotism over the selection of the Pakistan under-17 team currently touring India, which includes the son of one of the selectors.

Sohail, who had also been criticised for being a commentator while serving as chief selector, defended his time in the post.

"I did my job honestly and am happy that I have revived a team which, if it plays up to its potential, can beat India," he said.