Karachi – Pakistan, Dec 27, 2014: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed former captain Moin Khan as Pakistan team manager for the 2015 World Cup, appointing Naveed Cheema in his place.
Cheema, chief secretary Punjab is a strict disciplinarian, has been successful as manager of Pakistan in his last three-year stint when Pakistan team was struggling to come out from spot-fixing crisis in 2010. He was manager from 2011 to 2013.
Moin had to step aside as he also wears the chief selector’s hat and, according to the PCB, being in both positions wasn’t appropriate. Moin would “stay on as chief selector as part of the squad for the ICC World Cup 2015”, said a PCB statement.
Moin accepted that he could not play both roles, saying, “My priority is to select a team that has the capability to win the ICC World Cup 2015.”
Cheema, 60, will take charge when the Pakistan team embarks upon New Zealand tour from January 31 to February 3, 2015 to play two One-Day Internationals ahead of the World Cup. He will manage the team in World Cup to be jointly staged by Australia and New Zealand from February 14, 2015.