Iqbal Qasim steps down as Pakistan’s chairman of selectors

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Qasim’s last job was to pick the squad for Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman of selectors Iqbal Qasim has announced that he will not renew his contract and will step down from the position once his current contract expires.

Qasim noted that he was quitting due to domestic issues and his increased workload as head of the sports department at the National Bank of Pakistan.

The PCB have accepted Qasim’s resignation and will “consider the formation of the new selection committee” later this month.

“I have told the top officials of the PCB that I have completed my tenure so they should appoint a new selection panel for the future,” Qasim told ESPNcricinfo. “I want to move on to my primary job with the bank. The reports about my differences with the captain and coach were incorrect and fabricated, and they have nothing to do with my ouster as it was planned months ago.”

Qasim took up the post as chairman of selectors in March 2012 after interim chief Mohammad Ilyas stepped down.

Qasim’s last act as chairman of selectors was to pick the squad for Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies.

“After announcing the team, I asked once again to be relieved,” Qasim said.

The 59-year-old has had several stints with the selection committee as he was first appointed chairman of selectors back in August 2009, but ended up resigning in January 2010 after Pakistan’s embarrassing tour of Australia, where they were whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series.

“It has been a great experience working with all of them and together we sincerely have tried to serve Pakistan and Pakistan cricket to the best of our abilities,” Qasim said through a statement released by the PCB. “I am also thankful to all the media for supporting the game of cricket, in general, and me, in particular, throughout my tenure.”

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