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Legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir admitted that Misbah-ul-Haq’s appointment as Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector came as no surprise to him.
Misbah had long been rumoured to be the frontrunner for both positions, and it was finally confirmed on Wednesday.
However, Qadir warned Misbah not to choose players based on who he likes and dislikes.
“It was understood. I don’t see anything surprising in that. The board had already decided to appoint him as head coach as well as chief selector,” Qadir was quoted as saying by The Nation. “The fact is that the stage was set only for Misbah’s appointment. Everyone knew what the committee’s decision [would be].
“The role of a chief selector is like that of a chief justice, who has to do justice at all costs. A chief selector must keep himself at a certain level of distance from players to ensure impartiality and fairness in the selection process. But as a coach there is always a possibility to develop a personal liking for some players and disliking for others. And when you are also serving as chief selector, your personal liking and disliking may influence the selection process.”