Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is likely to be appointed chief selector of Pakistan, after the PCB requested the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to release him from his role as Afghanistan head coach. If appointed, this will be Inzamam’s first appointment as selector at any level.
The move came after Waqar Younis, who recently resigned as Pakistan’s head coach, argued in favour of hiring Inzamam as chief selector reports ESPNcricinfo.
Despite Inzamam’s coaching stint with Afghanistan being in its infancy, ACB Chief Shafiq Stanikzai confirmed that they are ready to release him.
“Today Shaharyar Khan called me and asked a favour to release Inzamam-ul-Haq as they are keen to hire him,” Stanikzai said. “Although he was in contract with us until December this year, we are patriotic people and if Pakistan needs Inzamam for their own country, we are ready to release him. We are looking at the contract right now with all the terms and conditions but we are not going to drag this and rather finish this on good and high note.”
Inzamam had joined the Afghanistan set-up as head coach for the team’s tour of Zimbabwe in late 2015. After Afghanistan won the ODI and T20I series in Zimbabwe, he signed a contract extending his tenure. In the recent World T20, he oversaw the team’s progression to the Super 10s and their famous win over eventual champions West Indies. Prior to his role with Afghanistan, Inzamam’s last coaching assignment at the international level was a short-term stint as Pakistan’s batting consultant in 2012-13.