Inzy may lose captaincy for Oval fiasco: Abbas

Published: Monday, October 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Inzamam-ul Haq had defied the team management and refused to play on day four of the eventful Oval Test and the burly Multani player might lose his captaincy for his obduracy, claimed sacked Pakistani team manager Zaheer Abbas.

Revealing that the team management, some teammates and even the then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan wanted the team to play despite the ball-tampering allegation by the on-field umpires, Abbas claimed Inzamam might be asked to step down from captaincy once he returns from the four-match ban.

Abbas, who was team manager during the England tour, told BBC Radio Five Live that it was Inzamam's own choice not to play.

''After having protested we should have gone into the field and started playing. But Inzamam said to me 'I don't want to go in the field; if the boys want to go in the field then they can'.

''We know the captain didn't listen to us at that point in time.

Loads of people were there waiting for us to go and show our ability to them and see us playing,'' he recalled.

The former captain also informed that Inzamam's obduracy has not gone down well with the PCB top brass.

''Pakistan's management is not happy with Inzamam at the moment,'' he said. Asked if that might cost Inzamam his captaincy, Abbas said, ''It looks like it but I'm not sure.'' Abbas also shed light on Younis Khan's flip-flop on the captaincy issue and linked his flip-flop on captaincy with the batsman's sour relation with Shaharyar Khan.

Younis embarrassed PCB with his earlier announcement that he doesn't want to be a dummy captain but within a day of Shaharyar Khan's resignation from the PCB chief's post, he was ready to accept it again.

Abbas said the duo had a difficult relationship since the England tour.

''Once when Mr Khan was in his room, Younis wanted to meet him.

He had to wait 15 minutes to go and talk to him. A few other things cropped up and all of a sudden he said: 'I don't want to become a puppet captain of the Pakistan team' - and that's why he resigned.

''The ICC Champions Trophy was upon us, an important tour, and he wanted to set out the problems he was facing at that time. He felt that the chairman was not giving him enough time so decided to resign,'' Abbas added.


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