New PCB chief selector Abdul Qadir vows to make 'sweeping changes' in selection

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Karachi, Nov 21 : Former Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir, who was yesterday appointed as PCB chief selector, has said that he planned to bring "sweeping changes" in the procedure to select Pakistan national team.

He said that he would introduce "justice-based" selection policy.

"It's an honour for me to be selected for this important job. I see it as a challenge and want to introduce a 'justice-based' selection policy that gives a fair chance to each and every first-class cricketer, with a good enough showing in domestic events," The News quoted Qadir as saying in an interview.

Qadir, who played 67 Tests taking 236 wickets and 132 scalps from 104 One-day Internationals, said that after he takes over as chief selector he would bring a world of a change in the selection procedure.

"I've never liked the way (national) teams were selected in the past. There were always question marks on some selections. But I will have an open policy. We will select a total of 44 players from first-class and junior cricket and hold trial matches before selecting the team," he said.

Disagreeing with holding camps for team selection, he said his idea would be to select 18 batsmen, including three or four wicketkeepers, nine fast bowlers, nine spinners from first-class cricket on the basis of their performances.

Earlier, PCB chairman Ijaz Butt announced Qadir's appointment, saying: "Qadir will be our new chief selector." Butt added that the Board would name the other members of the selection committee soon.

The legendary Test leg-spinner would replace Saleem Jaffer, who was heading the national selection committee on an interim basis.

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