Breaking: Inzamam-ul-Haq Steps Down As Pakistan Chief Selector
Former Pakistan skipper and current selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, on Wednesday, announced he would step down as the chief selector of Pakistan. The legendary batsman said that he would no longer be the chief selector of the men’s cricket team after July 30.
“I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30,” said Inzamam-ul-Haq.
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“When i returned [from United Kingdom], I told the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] that I did not want to continue with my position. I joined in 2016 and have spent a good time here. Now, I have decided that new people should come, with a new thinking and ideas. I thank the PCB and the team who respected my choices,” he added.
Veteran of 120 Tests, Inzamam-ul-Haq has been occupying the post since 2016. His contract ended at the end of the recently-concluded World Cup where Pakistan crashed out at the group stage. The Men in Green did put up some good performances in the end but it was just not enough for them to enter the last four. Pakistan finished on 11 points, the same as New Zealand but missed out net run-rate. Pakistan’s chances of qualifying ahead looked very done and dusted when they won just one of their opening five games.
Before the World Cup too, Pakistan had a terrible run in ODIs this year. It started with a series loss in South Africa before Australia blanked them 5-0. England then trounced them by 4-0. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has formed a cricket committee to review Pakistan’s performance at the World Cup. A decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s captaincy across formats will be one of the agendas during the meeting.
Reports also suggest that Pakistan are unlikely to extend the contract of coach Mickey Arthur. Arthur’s contract ended at the conclusion of the World Cup.