Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that international teams are degrading Pakistan cricket as they are not selecting their main players.
The statement came after main New Zealand players opted out of the upcoming white-ball series against Pakistan to participate in IPL 2021.
New Zealand is set to tour Pakistan in September-October for a three-match ODI and five-match T20I series. The ODI series will be played from September 17 to September 21 while the T20I series is scheduled to take place from September 25 to October 3.
However, 7 key Kiwi players who are part of the T20I World Cup 2021 squad will not be part of the Pakistan series. Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, and Tim Seifert will play IPL 2021 instead.
“Wherever the Pakistan team is going, they are not getting a chance to play against the main players. When we went to South Africa in April, they sent their players for the IPL. With the upcoming NZ series in Pakistan, eight NZ players have opted out of the tour to play IPL. Even in the recent England tour, the whole England team got changed due to COVID-19 in the camp,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his Youtube channel
The former right-handed batsman also asserted that players giving importance to private leagues like IPL and not international cricket
“I feel that the Pakistan team is not getting proper practice because they are not getting to play against the main players. What is the ICC doing? What message are they trying to give? Players are giving importance to private leagues and not international cricket. It’s like degrading international cricket. If you see the whole sequence, it’s happening only against Pakistan,” Inzamam-ul-Haq further added.
With the absence of regular skipper Williamson, Tom Latham will lead the New Zealand squad on tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan. Notably, Latham is not part of the ICC T20 World Cup squad of New Zealand.
The UAE leg of IPL 2021 will be conducted from September 19 to October 15. It will be followed by ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which will commence on October 17 with the qualifiers stage. The tournament will conclude with the final on November 14, 2021.