Chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Team and former batting legend Inzamam-ul-Haq has said that expecting a significant change in Pakistan cricket in a short span of time is not a sane approach but he believes that if things start moving in the right direction and according to a well-thought out plan he is hopeful that the team will regain its lost status in the next one year or so.
Speaking in the ARY News program Sports Room, Eid Special, Inzamam was happy with the fact that he has now got a chance to serve Pakistan cricket as a chief selector and wanted to select best possible squads for the important tours which lie ahead.
Happy to serve Pakistan cricket once again
Responding to a question on why he did not go for the batting coach role Inzamam said that, although, he would have been better off as batting coach but when it comes to Pakistan cricket he was more than willing to work in any capacity because the board and team needs him and his experience for the betterment of our cricket. He added that the post of chief selector is also very important and needs proper attention.
Stiff England tour
Pakistan will be up against a strong English side and Inzamam realised that the tour of England will be a tough one because the team will play on non-Asian pitches after a fairly long time which is why they are not used to playing in those conditions. But he was confident that the side has some extremely talented individuals who will definitely perform to the best of their ability.
Inzamam was fairly confident with PCB’s efforts to avoid any sort of controversy in England this time around and he was happy to see that experienced team management is with the team on tour to deal with all situations concerning the team.
1992 World Cup
Speaking about Pakistan’s famous 1992 World Cup victory Inzamam said that the team was down out at that time and it was due to the prayers of the nation that we won that title against all odds. He added that before the semi-final against New Zealand he was ill but Imran Khan backed him and insisted that he played the match, although his performances were mediocre in previous matches, and thankfully he was able to play a knock which proved to be a match winning one.
Inzamam said that one of the reasons behind Pakistan’s downfall is the lack of role models, like Imran Khan, to guide our young cricketers and he also seconded Waqar Younis’s opinion that we have loads of superstars but no heroes.
Spending Eid away from home
When asked about how the team celebrated Eid when on tour, Inzamam said that although it was difficult spend such a festival without our families but he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with his fellow cricketers. He added that the Muslim communities living there were quite hospitable and ensured that the players were comfortable away from home.
Rapid fire round
Inzamam also gave few interesting answers when asked about the few cricketers in a rapid fire round.
Imran Khan- Great Man
Shoaib Akhtar- Good bowler
Shahid Afridi- Superstar
Darrel Hair- Nightmare