"I have not yet made up my mind if I would play in the Super Series if given a late ticket, but I have definitely decided not to travel to Australia for Captains Conference and ICC Annual Awards. I have conveyed my decision to the concerned authorities," Inzamam told PTI from Lahore.
Inzamam's not so surprising decision came a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board said it would back the 35-year-old batting genius if he decides to skip the Australian tour for Captains Conference and Super Series.
Inzamam's decline to travel to Australia for the ICC meeting and function has strengthened apprehensions that he would also turn down ICC's late invitation to represent World XI in place of an injured Sachin Tendulkar or Herschelle Gibbs.
"I don't think it would be a wise decision to take a long flight to-and-from Sydney for the Captains Conference when the same time can be better utilised to prepare for the home series against England that is far more important than anything at the moment," Inzamam said. Michael Vaughan's Englishmen, fresh from their Ashes glory against Australia, arrive in Pakistan on October 26 for a three-test and five-ODI series.
When England last toured Pakistan in 2000, it won the three-test series 1-0 while Pakistan clinched the ODI series 2-1.Instead of undergoing flight hazards, I have decided to pencil down my suggestions, opinions and recommendations and hand them over to the PCB so that they can forward them to the ICC," Inzamam explained.
Inzamam, who has scored 7,620 test runs at 50.8 and 10,971 ODI runs at 39.89 in his illustrious 14-year career, said it was a matter of great honour for him to be nominated for three ICC awards, but at the same time he observed that he did not think he would win any of them.
"I don't think that I will win any award for the simple reason that if I get any award, it would be embarrassing for the selectors and I don't think the ICC would put its selectors in a situation where they are left with no hiding place. Don't you agree that it would be a bad publicity for the ICC or its selectors if winner of any of the three awards is originally overlooked from its World XI," Inzamam argued.
Inzamam, who averages little under 51 in ODIs and 94.67 in Tests this year, has been nominated for Player of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year awards. Ironically, despite PCB's tall claims, no Pakistani is in the panel that would pick cricketers for these laurels.
The Pakistan Government, on its 58th Independence Day on August 14, announced that it would decorate Inzamam with Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil award, for his meritorious contribution in the field of sports.