Former Pakistan captain and newly appointed interim-selector Shahid Afridi is likely to get an extension from Pakistan Cricket Board, after the home series against New Zealand. Reports have also confirmed that Mickey Arthur is expected to make a decision on taking over as Pakistan’s head coach soon.
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Notably, Afridi had earlier only accepted the responsibility for the ongoing series against New Zealand but is currently considering whether to continue in his role as the Chief Selector. "Shahid has had talks with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi who had convinced him to work as an interim chief selector but now discussions have taken place on the possibility of the former captain continuing in the role given that this year Pakistan has two major events - 50 over Asia Cup and the World Cup in India," highly placed source was quoted by Times of India.
The TOI report further claimed that Sethi is currently happy with the way Afridi and his fellow selectors - Abdul Razzaq, Rao Iftikhar and Haroon Rasheed had picked players for the two Tests and the ODI series against New Zealand.
"There is a strong possibility that Shahid will be persuaded to continue and chalk out a schedule where he can also give time to his foundation work," the source added. Meanwhile, PCB Chair is waiting for a response from Arthur, who currently has a long contract with Derbyshire County, and has asked for more time to consider his options and position.
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Notably, Arthur served as Pakistan's head coach from 2016 to 2019. But he was released from his contract when Sethi resigned and the new management of Ehsan Mani took charge of the board after the 2019 World Cup. The source has suggested that Arthur is keen to take over the responsibility but needs some time to think over the conditions laid in the contract.