KARACHI: Former Test batsman Basit Ali is likely to be reinstated as the chief of the junior selection committee and an announcement will be made soon by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Earlier this week, Basit was relieved by the board from his duties as chief of the junior selection committee and head coach of national women’s team following a spat with former international cricketer Mahmood Hamid at the National Stadium in Karachi. “It has been decided that Basit will lead the junior selection committee alongside Amir Nazir and Farrukh Zaman,” a PCB official said Wednesday.
Both Basit and Zaman have previously served in the junior selection committee. While the former played 19 Tests between 1993 and 1995 for Pakistan, the latter only represented the national side in one Test in 1976. The coaching panel of Under-19 team will also be announced along with the selection committee, which includes head coach Mansoor Rana, assistant Abdul Rehman, and manager Nadeem Khan. According to media reports, Basit had slapped Mahmood after a heated argument at the National Stadium exacerbating the situation. Subsequently, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan relieved Basit from his duties in regard to the women’s team and junior teams on January 2.