Published On: Tue, Apr 19th, 2016

Inzamam is happy to serve Pakistan cricket


Inzamamul Haq and Shaheryar Khan

Inzamamul Haq is officially hired by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday for the post of the chief selector of the national team and the 46-year-old told that he was ‘happy’ to work for Pakistan in any capacity.

Inzamam, who is an experienced of 120 Tests and 398 ODIs, called ex-cricketers Tauseef Ahmed, Wasim Haider, and Wajahatullah Wasti as a part of the novel selection committee.

Inzamam told in an interview, “I am happy to serve Pakistan cricket in any capacity,” he added, “I am thankful to the PCB for offering me this post. I will try my best to do justice to with my job. I also want to thank the Afghanistan Cricket Board for allowing me to take on the national duty as the chief selector. I will also like to thank the Afghan players for cooperating with me during my six-month tenure as the head coach.”

He told that “I requested the PCB to allow me to select my own panel. I have shortlisted three members of the committee which include a spinner, a fast-bowler, and a batsman: the names are Tauseef Ahmed, Wasim Haider, and Wajahatullah Wasti.”

Inzamam appealed to not anticipate results overnight. “We will have to stay calm for a while and not quick results. I hope people will see results in the near-future,”

According to Inzamam the head coach, captain, and chief selector have to come on one page if we desire for better consequences.

He shared, “We are here to support the team,” he continued as, “We would listen to the opinion of the coach and captain. Our cricket is not at its peak right now. The captain, coach, and selectors have to come on one page. If we want to improve our cricket, we will have to work together.”

Inzamam stated about Shahid Afridi, ex-T20I captain, that he was and still is the star of Pakistan cricket.

Inzamam is hoping that he will be permitted to work autonomously devoid of any external pressure.

Shaharyar Khan, PCB chairman was also accompanied Inzamam all through the press conference and told that within 10 days they will name a new Cricket Committee and it will comprise of ex-cricketers merely.

He told, “The Cricket Committee will comprise of cricketers only,” added Shaharyar, “We will name the members in a few days. They will suggest changes in the domestic structure, in the role of curators and even about the balls that should be used.”

Shaharyar then added that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will yet arrive an autonomous body and previous leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed will lead it.

He shared, “We think the NCA should be independent,” he told, “We want to bring in a reputed man who can handle all the responsibilities. They will have their own budget. It will take some time but not much. Meanwhile, we are appointing Mushtaq Ahmed as the new head coach of the NCA.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.