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Pak`s cricket selection committee members mulling resignation

Karachi: Members of the national selection committee are waiting for the return of chief selector, Mohsin Khan and the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to take a decision on whether to resign from their positions in protest over not being consulted in the selection of the squad for the Twenty20 matches and Tests in England.

Sources said that a selector, former Test pacer, Salim Jaffer had met with a member of the PCB governing council, Wazir Ali Khoja and told him that selectors didn`t own the squad announced for the England tour as none of them were consulted.

"Jaffer pointed out that normally when teams are selected, all the selectors put their signatures on the final sheet but this time no such thing happened," a source said.

"Jaffer told Khoja that they were not consulted at all in the selection of the team otherwise would have pushed for the selection of Younis Khan in the team," he added.

The PCB Chairman and chief selector met with the Pakistan team management in Dambulla during the Asia Cup last Sunday to finalise the touring squad and announced the names.

Another source said that the selectors also wanted to resign in protest as they felt betrayed by Mohsin Khan who had told them that only the team for the Twenty20 internationals against Australia would be picked in the first phase.

"But they went ahead and picked the Test squad as well for the six Tests against Australia and England which is unacceptable," he said.

The source added that Wazir Ali Khoja had advised Jaffer to first wait for the return of Mohsin and Butt from Sri Lanka and talk to them before taking a decision on resigning from their posts.

The national selection committee includes three members, Jaffer, Muhammad Illyas and Azhar Khan and two co-opted members, Asif Baloch and Farrukh Zaman.

The chief and other selectors are paid employees of the board and in the tenure of Ijaz Butt atleast two chief selectors, Abdul Qadir and Iqbal Qasim had resigned after issues over selection matters with the board.

"The biggest problem is that Butt and the team manager, Yawar Saeed had direct interference in the selection of the squad for England and it was obvious they didn`t want Younis in the side," a source said.

He pointed out that nowhere in the cricketing world did the board Chairman ever interfere in the team selection.

"This only happens in Pakistan and it has increased a lot in the tenure of Butt," the source added.

Captain, Shahid Afridi had earlier said that he alone didn`t select the squad for England tour and the consensus of the coach and chief selector was involved.

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