Pakistan picked Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, instead of Azhar Ali, for the for the five match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Inzamam, now the chief selector of PCB, has, later, defended the selection of one of his family members.
Pakistan have retained the squad of the ICC Champions Trophy except for the single change.
“If you say that he is my nephew, then the selection was tough. But if you see the performance which he has given, (they’re) good. Our plan was to continue with the Champions trophy squad, but unfortunately Azhar Ali has a knee problem. So we needed one opener, and in my opinion (Imam’s) was the best performance amongst the openers,” said Inzamam on the issue.
He further said as quoted by Cricbuzz, “Look, you have to notice the talent and what he can do. His performance was good in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Then he scored two hundreds for the Under-23 team in the triangular tournament in Bangladesh. He scored a hundred in Sialkot. Even Mickey (Arthur) and Sarfraz (Ahmed) gave (their) opinions. We all consult each other,”
For a quite some time, Bangladesh was under the dilemma for the selection of opener Tamim Iqbal Khan for being the nephew of former captain Akram Khan but eventually Tamim proved himself as the best opener Bangladesh have ever produced till to date.