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|Inzamam retained as captain for upcoming year|
Saturday, January 24 2004 11:24 Hrs (IST)
"The chairman of the PCB Shaharyar Khan has reposed confidence in Inzamam and has appointed him captain for the calendar year 2004," it was announced in a statement on Friday.
"The PCB is optimistic that under his leadership, the Pakistan cricket team will continue to make upward progress," Khan said.
Pakistan won the two-match Test series in New Zealand 1-0 but lost the One-day series 4-1 in an unimpressive manner.
The 33-year-old portly cricketer from Multan took over as Pakistan captain in the One-day series against Bangladesh after Rashid Latif was suspended for the series on charges of claiming an unfair catch in a Test.
Inzamam, who was sidelined for four months after Pakistan's first round exit from the World Cup in March last year, was then retained as captain for the home series against South Africa and New Zealand and for the tour to New Zealand.
"I am grateful to Almighty (God) and the PCB and will continue to do my best to mould this young team into a stronger combination," Inzamam, who was due to leave for Saudi Arabia to perform the Muslim pilgrimage later Friday, said.
After getting extension as captain, Inzamam's first task will be to face the Indians for a three-match Test and five-game One-day series, the first to be played between the two countries in Pakistan for 14 years.
"Our team is good enough to take on India and we need to overcome in a few areas to play to our best potential against India," said Inzamam, who has led in four Tests, winning one and losing one and in 19 One-dayers have won 14.
In addition to India, Pakistan would tour Malaysia for a bilateral series against Sri Lanka, then undertake twin tours of Holland for tri-nation series against India and Australia, and England for ICC Champions Trophy, followed by the home series against Zimbabwe in October.
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