Inzamam bashes Zaka for Pakistan’s poor ODI World Cup results
LAHORE: (Web Desk) Former Pakistan cricket captain and legend batsman Inzamamul Haq has criticised former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf, and held him responsible for Pakistan’s poor performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
On January 19, Ashraf had announced his resignation as the Chairperson of the PCB Management Committee. He held the top cricket position since July last year.
He told the media that the mindset of players must’ve been affected when Ashraf said the World Cup team was selected by the captain and chief selector and not the board. Pakistan finished fifth in the ODI World Cup points table and failed to qualify for the knockout stages.
He said, “’Can you imagine the mindset of the players when during an important event like the World Cup in India they hear that the PCB Chairman is saying the team selected was not done by the board but by the captain and chief selector only.”
He maintained that he is still waiting for the inquiry committee report on his alleged conflict of interest while being Pakistan’s chief selector. Inzamam had resigned as Pakistan’s chief selector mid-World Cup following allegations of conflict of interest.
He also said, “Just think what must be going through the players mind when they hear that an inquiry committee has been formed against the chief selector and he has resigned. Where does this happen? I am still waiting for that report of the inquiry committee against me which was formed to probe whether I had committed a conflict of interest while being the chief selector.”
Inzamam mainatained that the team needed confidence in the ODI World Cup, which they did not get, while insisting that there is no problem with Pakistan’s team. Babar Azam stepped down as Pakistan’s captain from all formats following their dismal World Cup campaign.
“These changes affected the performance of the team and just imagine when they can put pressure on a world class performer like Babar Azam what would the other players be thinking,” he said. The team was struggling in the World Cup and they needed to be given full confidence but this didn’t happen. There is no problem with the team, they just need confidence and backing, he concluded.