Inzamam announces probable names for England tour


Inzamam Ul Haq, the new Chief Selector of Pakistan held a press conference on Monday in which he announced the 35 probable players from which the final squad for England tour will be selected.

The selected players will attend an exclusive fitness camp for the preparation of England tour. The camp will take place from 14 May to 4 June, there will be a two day rest for the players during the span.


The big names of Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi didn’t feature the list of players. According to the newly appointed Chief Selector, Shehzad and Akmal hasn’t performed well enough to be considered. Moreover, Inzi emphasized on discipline big time and claimed that it is one of the reason of keeping Shehzad and Akmal out of the camp.

“Shehzad and Umar don’t have enough performances and lack discipline,” he said, he further added, “Wherever there will be a disciplinary problem, we will take a step. And you should expect this selection committee to be a little stern on discipline.”

Inamam Ul Haq explained the exclusion of the star allrounder Shahid Afridi saying, Pakistan has to play only six T20 internationals in the next 14 months, so he wants to try some new players, meanwhile Shahid Afridi can have some rest and if he performs well after that, he is always make a comeback in the team.

Shahid Afridi hailed the decision of the Chief Selector with a couple of tweets.


Inzamam did not select his nephew, Imam Ul Haq, he earlier faced some criticism from some journalists when Imam replaced Misbah in the Islamabad team when he left for Umrah. Inzi said, “His (Imam) domestic record was not that good so I didn’t select him. Neither will I favor anyone nor do injustice; this is how things should be done.”

The 46-year old Chief Selector put stress on four day cricket, he said Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif will have to compete in four day cricket before getting picked, Inzamam ensured that all cricketers will be given equal opportunities on the basis of performance.

On asking about Salman Butt, the legendary Pakistan batsman said, “Salman hasn’t played much cricket; he should participate in a full four-day season. We haven’t ignored him. We are checking him. Same is for Asif.”

Inzamam told that the players will attend another camp for skills two weeks before Pakistan’s tour to England; they are scheduled to play the first test against England on June 14.

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