The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday appointed Wasim Bari as the senior team’s manager for the forthcoming series against West Indies in the UAE. The former Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman will take over the managerial job from Intikhab Alam, whose contract with the PCB is due for expiration at the end of this month.
“Intikhab Alam’s contract with PCB as team manager is concluding this month,”
the board said in a statement.
“PCB would like to express its thanks and appreciation to Mr. Alam for his contribution to the Pakistan cricket team. The team has received a lot of plaudits for their conduct on the recent tour of England and were appreciated as positive ambassadors of their country. Mr. Alam’s role as head of the Pakistan contingent was key to the PCB’s efforts to ensure an incident-free tour of England.”
Alam began his fourth stint in a managerial position with the national side in September 2015 after Naved Akram Cheema, the then manager,stepped down following his appointment as chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission by the government. The 74-year-old, who accompanied the World Cup winning 1992 side as manager-coach, has also served as director of domestic cricket in Pakistan.
His replacement, Bari, has served as PCB’s Chief Operating Officer besides filling in as an interim chairman of selectors in 2009. Bari, who played 81 Tests matches for Pakistan, also held the position of director of education and training –a post created by the as a part of its anti-corruption measure in the aftermath of the spot-fixing controversy of 2010.
Bari will resume his tenure with the Pakistan team against West Indies, starting September 23.