Pakistan cricket has once again turned its gaze towards a familiar face as former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq makes a comeback as the country’s chief selector. Filling a post left vacant since last month, Inzamam returns to lead the selection committee, ready to navigate the national side through a crucial period of challenges and triumphs.
Inzamam making his return
Inzamam’s earlier tenure as Pakistan’s chief selector, from 2016 to 2019, was marked by strategic decisions that bolstered the team’s performance on the international stage. Now, armed with experience and insights, he steps up to the plate once again, ready to face new challenges that lie ahead for the national side.
The veteran cricketer’s first task in his renewed role will be the much-anticipated announcement of the squad for Pakistan’s three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka, set to commence on August 22. A series that holds immense significance, it will set the tone for Pakistan’s journey in the upcoming ODI Asia Cup, a stage that demands excellence and resilience from the nation’s cricketing stars.
The cricketing world will keenly await Inzamam-ul-Haq’s squad announcement for the upcoming ODI Asia Cup, a tournament that showcases the fierce rivalry between cricketing giants from the Asian subcontinent. His vast experience and astute judgement will play a pivotal role in selecting a well-balanced team capable of dominating the competition.
However, Inzamam’s responsibilities do not end there, as he shoulders the significant duty of naming the squad for the highly anticipated 2023 World Cup, which will be held in India from October 5 to November 19. The World Cup holds a special place in the hearts of cricket fans worldwide, and Inzamam’s role as chief selector will be instrumental in shaping Pakistan’s campaign for cricket’s most coveted prize.
Known for his cool demeanour under pressure and his prowess as a batsman, Inzamam-ul-Haq’s return as chief selector is expected to infuse the team with renewed energy and determination. His previous tenure saw him make critical decisions, including naming the squad for the 2019 World Cup.
An illustrious career
The batting career of the renowned cricketer can be summed up as nothing short of spectacular. With a prolific Test career comprising 120 matches, he amassed an impressive total of 8,830 runs at an exceptional average of 49.33. His highest score of 329 showcased his ability to dominate the crease and dismantle opposition bowling attacks.
Equally remarkable is his contribution in One Day Internationals (ODIs), where he featured in a staggering 378 matches, accumulating 11,739 runs with an average of 39.53. With 10 centuries and 83 half-centuries to his name, he proved his mettle as a consistent performer in the limited-overs format as well. His striking ability was evident with 1105 boundaries and 48 towering sixes in Test matches, and 971 fours and 14 sixes in ODIs.