Former captain Wasim Bari's appointment as the chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board is more or less certain and the PCB would shortly announce it.
Board chairman Ejaz Butt has decided to make Bari the COO after the governing council members sacked Saleem Altaf from the post earlier this month, sources in the board told PTI.
Bari, who is working as Director (Human Resources) in the board, is already holding the post of COO since the sacking of Altaf.
"All the indications are that Butt will get the required approval from the governing council members soon to make Bari the COO," a source said.
He said the members would be asked to pass a resolution to confirm Bari as the COO from his interim position.
"Butt was also interested in making Yawar Saeed the COO but he expressed his inability to take the position owing to his growing age and other commitments. Yawar will also steps down as manager of the Pakistan team after the upcoming Champions Trophy," the source added.
But former Test player and chief selector, Salahuddin Ahmed said yesterday that if the board went ahead with its decision and appoints Bari as COO, nothing good for home cricket would going to happen.
"You look at Bari's track record as whenever he had occupied any key positions in the board, nothing good has happened. He was chief selector during the 2003 and 2007 World Cups and look what happened to team's performance," Salahuddin said.
He pointed out that Bari had also picked the team for the recent tour of Sri Lanka as interim chief selector and the team ended up losing both the Test series and ODIs for the first time in Sri Lanka .
"Bari is completely incapable of handling such a big post and Ejaz Butt should not make this mistake. It will be bad for Pakistan cricket and things will get worse," he added.