Inzy upset at not being named by PCB for award

Published: Saturday, August 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq is still waiting for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to recommend him for the Pride of Performance award from the Presidency in Islamabad.

This correspondent has learnt that the senior batsman was expecting the board to recommend his name this year for the highest award given to civilians every year who have performed outstandingly in their fields and have brought laurels for the country.

Having led Pakistan to a memorable series in India, Inzamam a veteran of 101 Tests and 338 One-day Internationals, sources said, was sure the board would send his name to the Presidency for consideration for the awards conferred this year.

"When Inzamam came to know that the board had again not recommended his name he was not happy with the situation specially when he learnt that one or two officials of the board were blocking his recommendation for the prestigious award," one source said.

Inzamam, who is the only Pakistani batsmen after Hanif Mohammad to score a triple hundred in Test cricket when he got 329 against New Zealand at Lahore in 2002, was overlooked for the award.

He is presently leading the Asian XI side against the Africa XI in a series of three matches for the Afro-Asian Cup in Durban.

In the past, former greats Hanif Mohammad, Fazal Mahmood, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Zaheer Abbas and Wasim Akram have all been conferred with the Pride of Performance Award.

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