With Islamabad High Court`s order restricting the powers of the present PCB chief Najam Sethi as an only caretaker, which raised questions over the legitimacy of the selection panel, the Board faces a difficult scenario with its national cricket team slated to leave for the tour of Zimbabwe in late August.
A senior official of the PCB told PTI that the national squad was planned to tentatively leave for Zimbabwe on 19th or 20th of August to play 2 T20, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches but no selection board exit to select a squad.
“Not only has the national team to tour Zimbabwe but the national under-23 squad also has to leave by August 15th to play in the ACC emerging nations tournament in Singapore,” the official said.
“At the moment we don`t have a selection committee as per the orders of the Islamabad High Court, which has restrained the caretaker Chairman, Najam Sethi from exercising his powers and have declared all his decisions since taking charge in late June as null and void,” the official explained.
Interestingly Najam Sethi who was hired by the govt as PCB chief had accepted the resignation of Iqbal Qasim as chief selector and named ex- Test skipper Moin Khan in his place.