Inzy opposes super-sub rule in captains~~ meeting

Published: Friday, October 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan cricket teams captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has played down his batting failures in the ICC Super Test against Australia stating there was enough time for him to regain his touch for the coming home series against England.

Inzamam failed with the bat in the Test won by Australia, getting a duck in the second innings. But on Wednesday after returning from Sydney, he said he was not concerned with his form, as he had played a match after a long time.

"There is enough time for me to get my form back. There is the training camp and then the practice matches before we play the first Test against England," he said.

Inzamam also said in the International Cricket Council (ICC) captains meeting in Sydney, he had opposed the use of more technology by umpires, the super-sub rule and the use of Power Play overs in one-day matches.

"Most of the captains agreed during our meeting that the super-sub rule needed to be either scrapped or revised by the ICC. At the moment under the existing conditions the captain winning the toss had a big advantage with the super-sub rule.

Most of the captains felt either the ICC scrap this rule or make it more flexible by making it mandatory for captains to declare their super-subs before the match begins so that no team has a big advantage over the other," he stated.

Inzamam said he had also opposed the use of more technology by umpires as was experimented with in the Super Series, saying, "Simply because not all grounds have consistent facilities so itll make life more difficult for the umpires."

He said even the rule of having two additional five-over each slots (Power-Play) at the discretion of the fielding captain in a one-dayer was not practical.

"Specially when you are playing on Sub-continent pitches where the bowlers are already at a disadvantage. Making them bowl 20 overs with field restrictions would murder them," he expressed.

Inzamam however had no complaints about not being picked for any award at the ICC awards ceremony stating the players who had been finally chosen deserved the awards because they had performed better than him, stating, "The selections were justified. Naturally Im disappointed to miss out but the winners have better performances than me."

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