<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim steps down after end of term" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130704175532.jpg" title="Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim steps down after end of term" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Iqbal Qasim (centre) has denied having a rift with captain Misbah-ul-Haq (right) and Mohammad Hafeez © AFP</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Jul 4, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Pakistan/post" target="_blank">Pakistan</a>'s chief cricket selector <a href="/tags/Iqbal-Qasim/post" target="_blank">Iqbal Qasim</a> stepped down at the end of his tenure <span data-term="goog_1249768632" tabindex="0">on Thursday</span>, denying any rift with the national team's captain and coach.<br /> <br /> "I have told the top officials of the <a href="/tags/PCB/post" target="_blank">PCB</a> (Pakistan Cricket Board) that I have completed my tenure so they should appoint a new panel for future selection," Qasim told <em>AFP</em>.<br /> <br /> Qasim led the selection committee which <span data-term="goog_1249768633" tabindex="0">on Wednesday</span> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Pakistan-recall-Shahid-Afridi-for-West-Indies-tour-drop-Shoaib-Malik/28556" target="_blank">named the one-day and Twenty20 squads</a> for this month's tour to the West Indies, dropping flopped players Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat, and recalling all-rounder Shahid Afridi.<br /> <br /> PCB interim chairman Najam Sethi approved Qasim's decision to go.<br /> <br /> "Qasim has done a great service to the country. He has given a fitting farewell to the team by presiding over its selection committee prior to the West Indies tour," he said in a statement.<br /> <br /> Sethi confirmed that Qasim had asked to be relieved of his duties after extending his tenure from April to July.<br /> <br /> "I wish him well and shall continue to seek his advice and guidance on cricketing matters in the future", said Sethi, now set to announce a new selection panel soon.<br /> <br /> Local media have speculated about differences between Qasim, captain Misbah-ul Haq and coach Dav Whatmore, and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez over selection, but he denied any rift.<br /> <br /> "I had no differences with anyone," said Qasim, a former left arm spinner who played 50 Tests and 15 one-day matches for Pakistan.<br /> <br /> Qasim's committee came under criticism after the team crashed out of the Champions Trophy in England last month.<br /> <br /> He has served repeated tenures as chief selector. In 2010, he resigned after the team's 3-0 rout in Australia.<br /> <br /> "The team wins and the team loses, which is part of the game so there should be no differences," said Qasim. "I thank Misbah, Whatmore and Hafeez for their cooperation."<br /> <br /> Pakistan will play five one-day and two Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean. They will tour Zimbabwe in August for two Tests, three one-day and two Twenty20 matches.