Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has full faith in Pakistan's long-term plans

Waseem Ahmed 30/06/2018
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Inzamam-ul-Haq is fully behind the selection policy adopted by Pakistan.

Pakistan chief selector and former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has full faith in his long-term vision for the young side despite criticism over some of the selection calls in recent times.

While expressing delight over new players being picked based on their first-class form, Inzamam lauded the collective vision of the selectors, coach Mickey Arthur and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed during an interview with Sky Sports.

“I understand that there are people who are highly critical of our selection policies saying that the teams should have certain players and so on, but what they need to realise is that the selectors, captain and coach have a certain vision and want to select teams that will not just give us success in the next series but ones that will serve us in the long term,” the Pakistan batting great said.

“One thing to note – and this is something I strongly believe in – is that some of the newer players were picked directly for their first-class performances which will really encourage the players who are doing well at that level.

“What that will prove to aspiring first-class players is that they too can be picked for the national team and also the fact, when given the chance, they are good enough to play international cricket and perform well at that level. All in all, I believe this sort of selection policy will greatly benefit Pakistan cricket.”

Fawad Alam's non-selection continues to draw some criticisms.

Fawad Alam’s non-selection continues to attract criticism.

The former skipper also responded to claims that he had shown partiality towards his nephew Imam-ul-Haq.

“When it comes to the selection of any batsman, we take the advice of the head coach, Mickey Arthur, and the batting coaches as well. The batting coaches are aware of what work the player has done during the off-season and is a good indicator of his progress,” Inzamam responded.

“In Imam’s case, we asked for a report from the Pakistan batting coach, Grant Flower, and he praised Imam and recommended that he should be included in the side as he has the potential to become a good international player.

“Based on that, we gave Imam a chance to play in the Test side in Ireland and England. Now I am not saying that Imam’s performances during those games were exceptional or he does not have flaws, but what I see in him is the potential to become a better player, as long as he continues to work hard. Now, it depends on the player to avail the chances he gets.”

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Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq calls India batsman Virat Kohli an all-time great

Waseem Ahmed 29/06/2018
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Pakistan‘s legendary batsman and current selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said India captain Virat Kohli is an all-time great and his performances in the upcoming tour of England should not change that in any way.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Inzamam said that while he expects Kohli to deliver in the upcoming five-match Test series against England, the series should not be seen as a test of the batsman’s legacy.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Virat Kohli is a great player and his performances are proof of this. Just because he has not been able to score heavily in England (in Tests) does not undermine his stature as an all-time great batsman,” Inzamam said in the interview.

“If he is not able to put in a good performance in one or two innings, then that does not in any way reduce his stature as a player. We know that he works hard and he continues to learn day-by-day and we saw that proof in the manner he played in South Africa where he helped his side lift their game.

“Despite the fact that he may not have a good past record there, England need to be wary that a player of Virat Kohli’s quality can easily help his side win the upcoming series between the two sides,” he added.

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas picks up eight wickets for county side Leicestershire

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas proved his worth in English conditions once again after he finished with a match haul of eight wickets for county side Leicestershire against Derbyshire.

Abbas finished with the match-winning haul in the Second Division clash in Derby that included figures of 2-47 in the first innings and 6-54 in the second as Leicestershire won by six wickets.

Derbyshire were shot out for 184 in the second outing by Abbas after making 245 in the first. Leicestershire, who made 297 in the first innings, fought their way to 133-4 inside 30 overs to taste victory.

Abbas had picked up three wickets each in his previous two county games for Leicestershire.

It continues an excellent run in England for the 28-year-old seam bowler.

It was Abbas’ eight-wicket haul in the Lord’s Test against England that sealed a famous win for Pakistan late last month.

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