DUBAI: Inzamam ul Haq — the chief selector of Pakistan’s cricket team — on Friday defended his team selection process as he addressed the media at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Responding to a question by Geo News, Inzamam ul Haq boldly admitted that uncapped left-hand batsman Imam ul Haq is his relative. but said with a smile that it is the selection board that finalizes the team after consultation with coach Mickey Arthur and Captain Sarfraz Ahmed.
“Yes, I am the uncle of Imam ul Haq.”
“I have selected 15 players for the one-day team but everyone is focusing only on Imam,” he noted, before adding that Imam “has been performing in the domestic circuit”.
Inzamam ul Haq expressed his high hopes for the young players and their performance on-ground.
“We can not select a batsman only on the criteria that he is the highest scorer,” the chief selector said, referring to the selection of middle-order batsman Haris Sohail instead of the one with highest runs in the domestic circuit.
“Talent, batting skills, and technique are also to be considered for the selection of any player”, he stated, noting that “scorecard would be enough to judge the players” if the number of runs scored was the only criteria.
Inzamam revealed that they had been working with Sohail since the past six months before the final selection. He also explained that the efforts of those players who do not get a chance to play after selection in the squad would not be wasted in future.
Inzamam mentioned that a player, once selected, learns a lot through locker room talks and getting trained by senior coaches.
Speaking about the controversial T21 league, he said he had participated in the launching ceremony of T10 league with the permission of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Inzamam also disclosed that the T10 league would be played under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) supervision; therefore he hoped that there would be no controversy, such as match- or spot-fixing.
The famed sportsman has been part of the disputed Indian Cricket League (ICL) — a private cricket club funded by the entertainment industry back in 2008.