The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided not to renew chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur’s contracts, which ends with the conclusion of World Cup in mid-July.
Former captain Aamir Sohail is a strong candidate of the chief selector in place of Inzamam whose three-year contract will end in July. Sohail has in the past remained chief selector between 2002 and 2004.
“Sohail’s name is top among the list of short-listed contenders. PCB’s managing director, Wasim Khan will make the decision on new appointments for the position of the chief selector and head coach,” a reliable source in the PCB told PTI.
He said it had been decided in principle to make the changes regardless of how the national team fared in the World Cup which begins from May 30.
Arthur became Pakistan head coach in May 2016, his third stint in charge of an international side, while former captain Inzamam signed a three-year contract with the PCB in the same year.
Pakistan has lost 10 of their last 11 ODIs while one was washed out. They lost the series-decider against South Africa and were drubbed 5-0 and 4-0 by Australia and England respectively. The decision to rest a number of key players for the Australia series had not gone down well with the fans and former cricketers.
“Changes will be made as to when Ehsan Mani took over as Chairman and then brought in Wasim Khan as MD there was nothing they could do about the key positions since there was little time left before the World Cup. But both are not very happy with some of the decisions taken by Inzamam and Arthur as chief selector and head coach,” the source said.
He said it was yet to be decided whether a foreigner will replace Arthur or the choice will be a local player.
“There is even a lobby in the board which has talked about making Inzamam-ul-Haq the head coach after the World Cup,” the source said.
Inzamam-ul-Haq is presently in England and will remain there until the match against India and according to the source, he will be involved in finalisation of the playing XI for all the matches now.
Interestingly Arthur, who has been with the Pakistan team since 2016, had inquired before the World Cup if they were planning to give him an extension in his contract as he was interested in settling down for another term with the national team.
“Mickey Arthur was told a decision would be made later and he should focus on the World Cup.”
The source said whoever is appointed head coach will bring in his support staff.
Another former Test player, Saleem Jaffer, is also in line to take over as chief selector of the national junior selection committee.
(With input from PTI)