Pakistan’s Chief Selector, Inzamam Ul Haq is not upset after the humiliating defeat at Old Traffords in the second test of the four-match test series and looking positive for the upcoming games.
England dominated Pakistan by all means in the second test match after conceding a loss at Lord’s against Pakistan after 20 years.
“We may have struggled in Manchester, but it is my firm belief that our batsmen will have picked up important experience by the end of this tour which will benefit them in the future,” Inzamam told PakPassion.
He is determined that they need to calm their nerves as teams struggle in such conditions, “There is no need to panic due to the recent performance. It is usual for a team with many players who have never played in such conditions before, to struggle a little, similar to when non-Asian teams find it tough to play spin bowling in the sub-continent.”
“Back home or in the UAE, we try and play every ball that we face, but in English conditions you need to be selective about which balls to play and which ones to leave,” he added.
The legendary batsman urged that Pakistani batsmen need to adjust their technique as per the playing conditions, “Our batsmen need to improve themselves technically. However, I do not believe that there is any blame to be laid at their feet for the defeat. We need to have patience.”
Inzi didn’t show any reluctance while praising the young talented English batsman, Joe Root for his tremendous performance, “Root has really impressed me,” said Inzamam. “I’ve watched his career closely; he is a fantastic player and seems to be improving with every innings that he plays. I see a great future for him if he continues to bat in the way he is batting at the moment.”
The Chief Selector also hailed Misbah Ul Haq’s performance despite of the defeat and stated that he is in future plans for Pakistan.
“Misbah has shown the way for all batsmen to follow,” added Inzaman. “He is the most experienced player in the team and our captain.”
“We also have Younis Khan, who we can rely on for experience. Performances by both these players are key to our successes. “The way Misbah is playing now, I see no reason why he should not be given the opportunity to represent Pakistan in upcoming foreign tours, as his experience will be crucial for the team.” He added.
The 46-year old emphasized that people have forgotten Pakistan’s wonderful performance at Lord’s and everyone is whining about the defeat at Old Trafford.
“The win at Lord’s has shown everyone that this team is more than capable of winning against tough opposition and in foreign conditions,” he said.
“The Old Trafford Test obviously did not go that well, but then we have to give credit to England for making a comeback in this series and shows that they are a very tough team to beat.”
Inzi is still positive and showed faith on his selected team, “Regardless of the result in the second Test, I am convinced that as the players get more experience in these conditions, their performance will improve and Pakistan will get better results and bounce back.”