Inzamam resigns as Pakistan chief selector
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has made up his mind to resign as Pakistan chief selector. He himself confirmed it at a press conference on Wednesday. Inzamam’s current contract will come to a close on July 30.
Inzamam-ul-Haq has decided that this is the right time for him to walk off from the team set up. “I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30,” Inzamam said at the press conference.
“Cricket is my passion but I do not want to be part of the selection process. Unfortunately, we lost the opening match and it became difficult to make up the run rate in later matches,” legendary Pakistan batsman while analysing Pakistan’s failure in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in which they failed to make it to the semi-finals.
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 decided to go for a new selection committee this time around. It is, however, not so sure what will happen after Inzamam’s departure.
“After more than three years as chief selector, I have decided not to seek a renewal of my contract,” the former skipper Inzamam said.
“With the ICC World Test Championship due to get underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring in new ideas and fresh thinking.
“I spoke to PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan on Monday and conveyed my decision to them separately. I also thanked them for backing and supporting the selection committee since taking over the reins of Pakistan cricket,” Inzamam said.
Former Test opener Mohsin Hasan Khan is in the race to become the new chief selector as he has previously worked in this position in the past with good results and has also worked as interim head coach of Pakistan.
“Pakistan’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup has led to the decision to release Inzamam,” a source told news agency PTI.