Sarfraz should remain captain till the next world cup: Inzamam Ul Haq

Sarfraz should remain captain till the next world cup: Inzamam Ul Haq
Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has stressed to continue extensive preparation for next year’s World Cup, wanting Sarfraz Ahmed as captain until the mega event and a pool of 20 players.
Pakistan will be amongst the favourite for May-29-July 15 World Cup in England after winning the Champions Trophy in 2017.
But having lost a one-day series 5-0 in New Zealand and with a number of injuries, the picture doesn’t look nice, if not gloomy.
Inzamam said players who are in the frame for World Cup should be playing in the next 12 months.

“We have some 20 players in mind for the World Cup,” Inzamam told media. “Our head coach Mickey Arthur and I strongly believe that the players who we have in our minds for the World Cup should be playing together till the mega event for next one year so that a combination can be made for them and they can gain the confidence,” said Inzamam

Inzamam ul Haq also believed Sarfraz should be backed as captain till the World Cup 2019.

“Sarfaraz has done well, he has led Pakistan team in the last one year and has been remarkable and there should be no doubt that he should remain Pakistan’s captain till the next World Cup. A captain is the one responsible for playing the team in the middle, he’s the leader.

“I think its necessary that we know who is going to lead Pakistan in the world cup,” said the chief selector.

Inzamam admitted that injuries to key players Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees and Shadab Khan and vulnerable injury prone pacer Junaid Khan is concerning.

“We also have to guard players against injuries, so we are seeking doctors’ report on players’ injury and fitness, the selection is open to everyone. If there is any performer in first class and domestic, he can also come in contention for World Cup. We have to focus on a group with whom we can move forward,” said Inzamam.

Inzamam hoped PSL 3 will also groom some talented players, like it did in the first two editions. He seems to be impressed with Islamabad United’s Talat and Peshawar’s Ibtisam.

“Look, it’s early to say about the talent spotted in this PSL but Hussain Talat (Islamabad United), has been impressive. Peshawar Zalmi’s spinner Ibtisam Sheikh has impressed me a lot as well. Rahat Ali has bowled well in the tournament to change the usual perception about him. He has been out so we are looking at these players and I hope there will be others as well,” Inzamam said.

Inzamam said seniors like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafez are also in the frame.

“We have not discarded any senior players, they are also in the frame but if any player achieves something extraordinary in the domestic events then we might consider him as well,” said Inzamam.

Regarding various leagues around the world, Inzamam hoped a mechanism will be worked out in the next couple of days to avoid burn out of the players.