Chief Selector, Haroon Rasheed has confirmed that skipper Babar Azam will continue to have a key role in the newly appointed four member selection committee that also includes Mickey Arthur (team director), Grant Bradburn (head coach) and Hassan Cheema (data analyst).
Haroon Rasheed Certain That Babar Azam Will Play A Key Role In Team Selection
Cricket Pakistan reported the chief selector as saying, “The captain will continue to be part of the selection process, and his opinion will be given utmost importance as usual. Now he can directly discuss selection matters with the head coach, who is with the team. Including manager analytics with expert coaches in the new selection committee will be helpful in taking Pakistan cricket in a new direction. Hassan Cheema’s appointment will benefit us”.
“People have a wrong perception when it comes to data, thinking it only consists of records of players and such. If that was the case then we could gather statistics ourselves from websites and other sources. It includes countless things, such as how a pitch behaves in the morning, what difference it makes after lunch, where fast bowlers can be successful, or which pitch can benefit spinners. When there is any tournament or series outside the country, the team management is responsible for the selection of playing XI. However, I will also keep in contact with them via WhatsApp. I will keep giving suggestions on matters like rotation policy or playing two spinners.”