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altJPNN|Islamabad|Feb 4, 2014|Former captain Aamir Sohail has been named as Pakistan’s new chief selector and the National Cricket Academy and Game Development director, a post which he quit in 2009 and vowed not to take back “if I am asked for it.”  Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said Sohail’s experience with the academies would help in ‘filtering’ out talent and, thus, also made him the ideal candidate for the post of chief selector. “We want to have an

aggressive stance on filtration of talent from our domestic cricket and Aamer being an experienced contender is the best man to carry out our plan. We have decided to rediscover the national academies with him at the helm with additional responsibility of national selection,” Ashraf told Cricinfo Tuesday. Sohail, an attacking left-handed batsman who played 47 Tests and 156 one-day internationals for Pakistan and was a major part of the World Cup winning team in 1992 said he will do his best to lift the team. “Pakistan team is doing well in one-day matches and Twenty20 and I will try to further lift that as well as our showings in the Test matches,” Sohail told reporters. His first task will be to select the national squad for the Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh from February 25 - March 8.Sohail backed Test and one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq. “Misbah has led the team well and I don't need to defend him,” said Sohail of the 39-year-old Misbah. “We have to work together and powers matter much less to me than solving problems.” Sohail, who has openly criticised members of the Pakistan team as a TV expert recently, will fill the post of chief selector left vacant by Iqbal Qasim in July 2013 and this will be his second tenure as chief selector, having held the post in 2003. The appointment, which came after lengthy discussions at PCB’s Governing Board Meeting, on Monday, is also likely to fast track Pakistan’s search for a head coach, a position left vacant after Dav Whatmore’s term ended last month. Former international players Azhar Khan, Salim Jaffar and Farrukh Zaman will continue on the selection committee. Agencies

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