Inzamam-ul-Haq. Credits: Twitter

Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain and selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, has come up with a response to veteran player Shoaib Malik’s cryptic tweet, which he posted after Pakistan’s Asia Cup  2022 final defeat.

Pakistan National Cricket Team lost the Asia Cup 2022 final by 23 runs against Sri Lanka National Cricket Team on Sunday, September 11, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik
Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik. (Photo: Twitter)

Chasing the 171-run target, Pakistan lost wickets of Babar Azam (5) and Fakhar Zaman (0) inside the first six overs. The No.1 ranked T20I batter Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed batted cautiously and had a 71-run partnership in 59 balls, which had no major impact on the Pakistan innings. In the end, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and they were bundled out for 147.

After Pakistan’s defeat, Malik, who was dropped from the side after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE, posted a cryptic tweet that left the netizens confused.

“When will we come out from friendship, liking & disliking culture. Allah always helps the honest,” Malik tweeted.

The 40-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal replied, saying, “Ustad G …don’t be this much honest.”

Such allegations have been there in the past and will continue in the future as well – Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq (Image Credit: Twitter)

During an interaction with the reporters, Inzamam-ul-Haq was asked about his views on Malik’s cryptic tweet. Inzamam said that the allegations made by Malik have been made in the past and will continue in the future as well. Former Pakistan captain added that the liking and disliking culture is everywhere, but selecting the players is not a “one-man decision”.

“Such allegations have been there in the past and will continue in the future as well. We must understand that selection is not a one-man decision, there is a team of selectors, coach and captain who take a call (on selection). I can’t comment on friendships, but yes like-dislikes are everywhere,” he was quoted as saying in a report by The Indian Express.

Inzamam further backed Shan Masood, Sharjeel Khan and Shoaib Malik to be part of Team Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

“I think Shan Masood and Sharjeel (Khan) and Shoaib Malik should be in the team, especially in the middle order,” he further said.

Inzamam-ul-Haq.(Photo: ICC)

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