Days after speculations of Pakistan Cricket Board's chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepping down from the post made rounds in the media, the former Pakistan batsman announced that he will be stepping down from the post once his tenure is completed. The former Pakistan skipper's role as the selector is scheduled to end on July 30.
In the aftermath of Pakistan's humiliating defeat in the hands of India on June 16 at the World cup, rumors of an alleged rift between Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq did rounds on the internet followed by which allegations of Inzamam overpowering the captain in the team selection and the combination was also leveled. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed put the speculations to rest after he cleared the air about the alleged rift and said that all was well between the two.
"I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30," Dawn.com quoted Inzamam-ul-Haq as saying.
The former Pakistan batsman said that he had informed PCB regarding his decision and also expressed his gratitude to the governing body for respecting his decisions.
"When I returned [from United Kingdom], I told the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] that I did not want to continue with my position. I joined in 2016 and have spent a good time here. Now, I have decided that new people should come, with a new thinking and ideas. I thank the PCB and the team who respected my choices," he said.
Inzamam, however, has said that he is open for any other post in the support staff apart from the chief selector.
"I am a cricketer, this is my bread and butter. If the board offers me another role, apart from selection, I would consider it," Inzamam-ul-Haq said.
Pakistan were knocked out from the World Cup after they failed to qualify for the semi-finals, owing to their low net run-rate because of the 105-run loss to West Indies in their inaugural game of the showpiece tournament.
"Pakistan defeated the two finalists, won four matches. But they were unlucky that they were ruled out due to the NRR," stated Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Moreover, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the final decision is made by coach and captain while adding that if a player does not perform then that does not imply that the selection was wrong.
"The 11 who play in the team are decided by the captain and coach. They can take my advise but the decision is theirs. Shoaib Malik has played for us for a long time. It happens sometimes that the player selected does not perform. It does not mean the selection was wrong or the player is bad," he said.
Inzamam expressed confidence in Pakistan's future in the game as he placed trust on the youngsters will be playing for the country.