Picked best team for Australia tour, says Inzamam

Published: January 28, 2017
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Inzamam says changes will be made in following months. PHOTO: ONLINE/ Anwar Abbas

Inzamam says changes will be made in following months. PHOTO: ONLINE/ Anwar Abbas

Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq said on Friday that the board selected the best team for the recently concluded tour of Australia; however, he indicated that there will be changes in the national team.

Speaking to mediamen in Lahore, the former captain said he was responsible for the selection of the national team, adding that coaches and captains also had their say in the process.

“I was the one who selected the squad for the [Australia] tour, but coaches and captains were also given their say in the matter,” he said. “We picked the best team for the tour [Down Under].”

Pakistan lost the Test series 3-0 against Australia followed by a 4-1 defeat in the ODIs. Inzamam said the team will face major overhauls prior to their next tour of the West Indies. “I will not take names, but there will be big changes in the team,” he said.

He added: “Players with best performances will be in the team, and new players will come into the side following the conclusion of the second edition of Pakistan Super League.”

On the question of the selection of all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez in the ODI squad on the eleventh hour prior to the series, the chief selector said the argument is ‘incorrect’.

“Hafeez was the country’s best ODI player [for the past year], so the argument of adding him thoughtlessly is incorrect,” he said.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • israr
    Jan 28, 2017 - 2:54PM

    i dont think it was the best team we have in pakistan for odi there was no seaming alrounder at all in the side anwar ali and bhatti must play for pakistan odi team regularly regardless how they do so pick them and keep them with imad wasim in the side for 1 year that is no 7,8,9 then wahab/ aamir and hasan ali for death overs
    so in my team i would have played or will play
    sharjeel
    hafeez/ hasir sohail
    babar
    malik/ saud shakeel / talat hussain
    sarfaraz
    ?
    anwar
    imad
    bhatti
    aamir / hasan
    wahab/ junaid

    i have left no 6 free so we can fit in a solid batsmen as i think anwar imad and bhatti will improve with time as power alrounders they all are and will improve, nawaz can be tried at 6 or u akmal may be.Recommend

  • Shah
    Jan 28, 2017 - 4:17PM

    He picked best namazis!Recommend

  • Hassan Ali Khan
    Jan 28, 2017 - 4:22PM

    Inzamam messed up with team selectionRecommend

  • JKhan
    Jan 28, 2017 - 6:04PM

    If this was his best selection then he should be removed and a sensible person be appointed. Picking Azhar and Akmal not to forget Wahab and Shoaib could not be the best selection. It was the worst selection.Recommend

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