Inzamam ul Haq Resigns as Pakistan Chief Selector: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s chief selector, has resigned from his position amid concerns over potential conflicts of interest. His decision followed discussions with PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf in Lahore.
Inzamam ul Haq Resigns as Pakistan Chief Selector
The issue revolved around Inzamam’s involvement as one of four active directors in a UK-based company named Yazoo International Ltd. Another director at the company, Talha Rehmani, manages Saya Corporation, an agency representing several prominent Pakistan cricket players, including Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Rizwan. As per the Inzamam ul Haq Resigns as Pakistan Chief Selector, Notably, Rizwan was also listed as a director at Yazoo alongside Inzamam, and the company secretary is Intisar-ul-Haq, Inzamam’s brother.
All four individuals assumed their roles in Yazoo on December 7, 2020. It was not publicly disclosed when Inzamam became Pakistan’s chief selector that he, his brother, Rizwan, and Rehmani were linked to Yazoo. This raised concerns about whether it was appropriate for the national selector to have a stake in a company with strong connections to a prominent player agent. The presence of Rizwan added further complexity, as it implied a connection between a chief selector, a player within his purview, and an agent representing that player.
As per the Inzamam ul Haq Resigns as Pakistan Chief Selector, In his statement following his resignation, Inzamam expressed his willingness to return to the role if cleared of any conflict of interest charges. He stated:
“If the committee finds me not guilty, I will resume my role as the chief selector.”
The PCB announced the formation of a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate the conflict of interest allegations concerning the team selection process. The statement suggested the board was taking the matter seriously, explicitly linking the conflict of interest to the team selection process.
These developments occur amidst a backdrop of increasing turmoil within the PCB, both on and off the field. The tenure of the PCB management committee, led by Ashraf, officially ends soon, raising questions about future leadership. Pakistan’s poor performance in the World Cup, including four consecutive losses, further adds to the challenges faced by the PCB.