Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday announced that he will step down from his role of chief selector after the conclusion of his tenure on 30 July.
“I think it is time to step down, I will complete my term that ends on July 30,” Dawn quoted Haq as saying in a news conference.
“When I returned (from the 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 new thinking and ideas.”
When asked if he would take on another role in the management, Haq said, “I am a cricketer, this is my bread and butter. If the board offers me another role, apart from selection, I would consider it.”
Speaking on the team’s performance during the recently concluded World Cup in England and Wales in which the Green Brigade failed to qualify for the top four, Haq said his side came out with a good performance but luck didn’t go their way.
Notably, Sarfaraz Khan-led Pakistan finished fifth in the 2019 World Cup points table and were tied with New Zealand in terms of points (11 each) but the Kiwis inched Pakistan on the basis of their superior net run-rate to make it to the semi-finals.
49-year-old Haq was appointed as the chief selector in April 2016. After his arrival, Pakistan peaked to No.1 in the ICC Test rankings in August 2016, won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and topped the T20I rankings for the first time in November 2017. Pakistan have remained at the top in the T20I rankings since January 2018.
(With inputs from IANS)