Published On: Mon, May 30th, 2016

Team needs quality off-spinners, all-rounders


Inzamamul Haq, Pakistan national cricket team chief selector considers that the team requires services of excellent off-spinners and all-rounders at the present time.

Inzamam told in an interview that “We don’t have a proper off-spinner at the moment that is the reason I brought in Iftikhar Ahmed,” Inzamam further added by saying “Also, we have no specialist all-rounder. I am in search for both right now.”

The 46-year-old continued that he thinks in providing good opportunities to all the new players.

The 46-year-old further added that “My plan is to give proper chances to all players,” he continued “I don’t want to take a player to England and then drop him for the UAE series because he couldn’t deliver in tough conditions.”

Inzamam told even if this team doesn’t give outcomes, their value of cricket will get better. He told that “We have played so much in UAE that our cricketers have lost their variety. Even if we don’t achieve the desired results in the upcoming series, everyone will see that the quality of our cricket rises,”

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He continued, “We haven’t played too many away series in the past six to seven years. I believe in our players’ ability to deliver once they start playing regularly on foreign pitches.”

Previous Afghanistan national cricket team coach added on his work as the chief selector that “It is a difficult job. I cannot select all the domestic performers; all might be bowlers or batsmen, then there is captain’s, coach’s and selection committee’s opinion too. That makes some players unhappy. I try to select players who I think will help the team.”

The ex-captain is moreover of the opinion that there must be one captain for all formats.

He told that “It is good to have only one captain for all three formats,” he continued “For instance, T20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed will only lead the side in six matches in the next 14 months. The more he captains his side, the more he will learn about the experience but that will not be the case for him. If there is only captain he can learn a lot of things quickly.”

Inzamam said that Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are juvenile and still have their careers in front of them.


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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.

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