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Inzamam Ul Haq Steps Down as Chief Selector

LAHORE – Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced on Wednesday his decision to step down from the selection committee as its chairman.

Addressing a press conference, the former Pakistan captain announced that he had fulfilled his duties and would now be willing to work for the PCB in any post that did not refer to to the selection process. 

“Will not ask for renewal of contract after July 30,” he said.

He further expressed his contentment over Pakistan team’s performance throughout the ICC World Cup 2019 but termed luck as not being on their side. 

“Unfortunately we lost the opening match and it was difficult to make up the run rate in later matches,” he stated. 

While the Men in Green started off on an unfortunate note, they finished fifth as they stabilized their performance in the later games and were brought to a tie at the points table with New Zealand but could not steer into the semis over their lower run rate.  

Moreover, he also addressed the criticism he received over the selection of senior players Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who had an underwhelming performance in the tournament saying: “Both these players (Hafeez, Malik) had played well for Pakistan in the last two years.”   

He also refrained from commenting whether the two should retire or not saying they should make the decisions themselves. 

Furthermore, regarding the performance of his nephew and Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, the former cricketer said he had performed well and is a very ‘capable player’ and had captained the U-19 team even when he wasn’t the chief selector.

He also revealed that head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower had also been part of the decision to include Imam in the squad.

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