Imam averages virtually 54 in 36 ODIs however nonetheless faces accusations that he was picked as a result of his uncle Inzamam.
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has introduced his choice to step down because the chief selector of the Pakistan cricket staff. His place had come below scrutiny following the Males in Inexperienced’s failure to make the semi-finals within the simply concluded World Cup in England and Wales. Inzamam had taken over because the chief selector in 2016 following his teaching stint with Afghanistan and the very best level throughout his stint was Pakistan profitable the Champions Trophy in 2017.
One concern that has always plagued Inzamam is the choosing of his nephew Imam-ul-Haq. In 2017, the younger bespectacled batsman was introduced into the facet after Pakistan gained a sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka within the UAE and the 21-year-old delivered immediately by scoring 100 on debut because the second Pakistani batsman.
He additionally went on to turn into the second-fastest batsman to attain 1,000 runs in ODIs after his opening associate Fakhar Zaman. Within the 2019 World Cup, Imam was one of many solely two batsmen (the opposite is Babar Azam) to attain 100 for Pakistan. He completed as their second-highest scorer with 305 runs in eight matches after Azam who made 474.
‘I stored quiet and let others converse’
Nonetheless, regardless of Imam-ul-Haq’s exploits with the bat, it was being alleged that he had been picked within the nationwide facet on the behest of his uncle Inzamam-ul-Haq and each have been accused of nepotism. Whereas saying that he won’t search an extension to his stint because the chief selector on Tuesday, the 49-yer-old addressed the Imam story as soon as once more.
He mentioned he had by no means pushed his nephew’s choice and it was batting coach Grant Flower who had first introduced up the potential for lifting the younger southpaw into worldwide cricket. Inzamam additionally mentioned that he was not round when Imam was picked for the Pakistan Below-19 staff in 2012 or when he grew to become the vice-captain of the facet two years later.
“When he was first picked up for the worldwide staff not many know this, that it was Grant Flower who first got here as much as me to say he had been watching Imam rating runs in home cricket. Then, [head coach] Mickey Arthur took up his case with the choice committee.
“Many individuals raised questions on his choice however when his title got here up in choice I stored quiet and let others determine about him. So while you say that his choice is due to me, that’s inappropriate, as a result of the staff shouldn’t be made by me alone. It was by the top coach and captain so why not query them?,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Inzamam additionally mentioned that Imam earned his place within the staff on his personal by scoring runs. It may be talked about right here that the Lahore-born batsman averages over 54 in 36 ODIs he has performed thus far with seven lots of.