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Imran against major change in Pakistan squad

Published: Sunday, December 24, 2000, 21:35 [IST]
 
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Islamabad: Ace all-rounder Imran Khan has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to make any major changes in the team ahead of the tours of New Zealand, Sharjah and England next year. "Imran suggested to the Board that they should not unsettle the team combination by trying to introduce too many young and inexperienced players on the New Zealand tour as this would lead to poor results," a PCB source said. Imran, who met PCB Chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia in Lahore recently, is understood to have told him to retain senior members particularly skipper Moin Khan and all-rounder Wasim Akram in the team. Speculations regarding the possible dropping of both Moin Khan and Akram following the home series defeat against England earlier this month were put to rest by Zia who gave the go ahead for their inclusion in the team for New Zealand tour. "Imran's advice (to PCB chief) was that even if the Board wanted to prepare a new-look side for the next World Cup in South Africa they should concentrate on raising a One-day side and not bother with those players who are still essential for Test match line-ups," the source said. Akram, who also called on Zia shortly after Imran met him, when contacted, said he had positive discussions with PCB chief and was now concentrating on New Zealand and England tours. Zia is believed to have assured Akram that there was no conspiracy to oust him from the team but reminded him that being a senior member and a former captain he must play a more positive role in the team. Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup triumph in 1992 and to whom Zia accords great respect, reportedly also expressed his dissatisfaction with the defensive approach of the team in the England series.

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