Why is Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in England with team, asks ex-cricketer Intikhab Alam

Why is Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in England with team, asks ex-cricketer Intikhab Alam

Alam also sought an inquiry against players who were accused of partying late at night ahead of the big clash against India.

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Pakistani cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan have found themselves in the danger zone following their loss against arch-rivals India in the ongoing ICC World Cup. With just one win in five games, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side now not only has to win the remaining four matches but also depend on the results of other games. As former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram said, it is not in Pakistan’s control anymore.

Besides the players, the team management has also come under strong criticism after the 89-run defeat to India as per the DLS Method. Former Pakistan captain and manager Intikhab Alam even questioned the presence of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in England during the competition and called it a mistake on behalf of the PCB.

“Once the selection committee has selected the team, the captain and coach take over to select the playing 11 and decide on the tour matters. So what is the role of Inzamam-ul-Haq there and why has the PCB allowed him to go on official visit and interfere,” the 77-year-old said.

Pakistan had no plan for World Cup, says Alam

Alam, who was the manager of Pakistan’s World Cup-winning team in 1992, held the team management accountable for the side’s dismal performance in this tournament. He accused them of failing to come up a comprehensive plan for the showpiece event.

According to Alam, Sarfaraz’s team should have planned a solid strategy against each team, working the strengths and weaknesses of their rivals besides the weather conditions. “Sadly, none of that has been on display and the performance of the Pakistan team so far shows that no comprehensive game-plan was ever in place,” he said.

Sarfaraz came under heavy criticism after having won the toss and asked India to bat first at Old Trafford. An unimpressive bowling by his side then allowed India to post a big total of 336 which was too challenging for the Pakistani batters to chase down.

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Alam also sought an inquiry against players who were accused of partying late at night ahead of the big clash against India.
Pakistan next face South Africa on June 23 and they must win that game to stay relevant in the tournament.