Iqbal Qasim has tendered his resignation as Pakistan's chief selector following the side's disastrous results in Australia, where the team was whitewashed in both the Test and ODI series, in what turned out to be one of Pakistan's most dispiriting campaigns in recent years.

"I am very disappointed, like millions of Pakistanis, over the manner in which the Pakistan team lost the Test series 3-0 and one-day series 5-0," Qasim told AFP. "As I am responsible for the selection of the team, I quit from my post."

An official within the selection committee told Cricinfo that Qasim had sent in his resignation to Wasim Bari, the PCB's chief operating officer. The move came within minutes of Pakistan's two-wicket loss in Perth, sealing only their second-ever 5-0 blanking in ODI cricket.

If and when the resignation is accepted it will bring to an end a very short tenure for Qasim and likely bring in a third head of the selection committee within a year. Qasim took over in July last year, after Abdul Qadir had left the post claiming interference in his duties from external influences. His only assignments were the Champions Trophy, in which Pakistan reached the semi-final, and the the Test and ODI challenges against New Zealand and Australia.

Qasim was a member of the selection committee until the 2007 World Cup and had been appointed in an honorary post, continuing as a senior employee with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). As such, his honorary post was a break from recent practice, where the chief selectors were full-time, paid employees of the board. It is believed that at least one other member of the seven-man committee - who are paid selectors - is considering his future as well.

The move is likely to spark an escalation in the tumult permanently surrounding the country's cricket. Changes in the coaching set-up are expected after the series, as well as a change in the captaincy. Shahid Afridi led the side in the fifth ODI in Perth, after Mohammad Yousuf pulled out with what team officials said was a "stiff knee." But reports in the local press claim that Yousuf chose not to play after disagreements with the team management over the final playing XI.

Yousuf had reportedly been asked to rest from the side by the team management the night before the match, but initially refused. Ultimately disagreements over the team XI - Pakistan brought in Khalid Latif, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed - led Yousuf to sitting out, apparently in protest.