Inzamam-ul-Haq To Step Down As Pakistan Chief Selector

Inzamam-ul-Haq To Step Down As Pakistan Chief Selector

World Cup 2019 was Inzamam-ul-Haq's last assignment as a chief selector

Inzamam ul Haq defended his decision to include senior players Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who did not perform during the tournament.

The under-fire chief selector told a press conference in Lahore that he would not seek an extension or renewal of his contract, which expires on July 31.

Inzamam claimed that the national team had come a long way since the retirements of stalwarts like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan in May 2017 and now the youngsters have grown in experience and stature. During Inzamam's tenure, players such as Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Usman Shinwari made their global debuts, while Babar Azam established himself as Pakistan's batting mainstay across all three formats of the game. "I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30", Inzamam said at the press conference.

Pakistan finished fifth in the just-concluded World Cup and review of the poor performance of the team will be on the top of agenda of the meeting.

"Cricket is my passion but I do not want to be part of the selection process".

According to the sources, Inzamam-ul-Haq had shown some interest in his contract extension for one more year but the Pakistan Cricket Board has made a decision to go for a new selection committee this time around. It is, however, not so sure what will happen after Inzamam's departure.

Speaking to media at Pakistan Cricket Board headquarters, former cricketer said he is satisfied with himself as the chief selector and offered his services for any other responsibility if asked by the board. "I will follow their progress with interest because I firmly believe these players have all the ingredients to take the Pakistan cricket team to greater heights". The new chief will bring fresh ideas and thinking, he added.

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