'Have seen my chachu Inzamam play here, very excited' - Imam-ul-Haq ahead of his first game in Multan
"I have been born here and even while coming from the bus, I was remembering how things were in my childhood," Imam also said.
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Pakistan opening batter Imam-ul-Haq is set to play his first international match in his hometown Multan in the upcoming series against West Indies on June 8 (Wednesday). He recalled how his uncle and former Pakistan batter Inzamam-ul-Haq played at Multan Cricket Stadium during his playing days.
Imam said that he is “very excited” to play in his hometown, and recalled how things were during his childhood days in the stadium. He said that it was a very nice moment for him and that he was looking forward to it. The 26-year-old also expressed his gratitude to his teammates ahead of his 50th ODI, adding that along with highs, lows and criticisms, he has enjoyed playing for Pakistan a lot.
The game of cricket teaches you a lot of things: Imam-ul-Haq
Imam made his international debut in 2017 in an ODI against Sri Lanka, where he scored his maiden ODI hundred and was named the Player of the Match. Pakistan will now face West Indies, who recently whitewashed the Netherlands 3-0 away from home to win the ODI series.
“I have always seen my chachu (uncle, Inzamam-ul-Haq) play here. So I am very excited to play my first match (for Pakistan) here. I have been born here and even while coming from the bus, I was remembering how things were in my childhood. So It is a really nice moment for me and I am looking forward to it,” said Imam in a video posted by Pakistan Cricket on Twitter.
“I would like to thank everyone and especially my teammates as I am going to play my 50th ODI. The game of cricket teaches you a lot of things. There were highs, lows, as well as criticism. But I have enjoyed a lot and my teammates have made me enjoy it even more,” Imam added.
All three matches of the ODI series between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Multan Cricket Stadium and will be concluded on June 12.