Inzamam is past his prime, feels Akram

Published: Monday, May 14, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said Inzamam-ul Haq was past his prime and it was time for the burly Multan batsman to retire from Test cricket as well.

''No doubt Inzamam has been a great player but one should go when the time comes,'' Wasim told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing national training camp at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.

Inzamam had called it quits from one-day internationals after Pakistan's debacle in the World Cup but expressed his desire to carry on in the longer version of the game.

Wasim, however, was of opinion that that Inzamam should be allowed to surpass Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 8832 Test runs, of which he is just 19 runs short.

Wasim also hailed the appointment of Shoaib Malik as Pakistan captain and said was a good choice with if the PCB was targetting the next World Cup.

He said all cricketers had respect for Shoaib Malik.

Don't make a hasty return, Akram warns Akhtar: Offering a piece of advice to Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram said the beefy bowler shouldn't try to push himself too hard to make a comeback.

''He (Shoaib) should not rush his return to cricket and take his time to recover from his injury,'' Akram said in the sidelines of a two-week coaching camp for youngsters in Lahore.

Lauding the beefy bowler as one of the vital weapon of the pakistani squad, the former southpaw bowler said it was important for him to avoid injuries as he still has atleast two years of cricket in him.

''Shoaib can still play a couple of years for the country if he takes good care of himself to avoid further injuries,'' Aktar was quoted as saying by The News.

Shoaib Aktar could not make it to the Pakistan's World Cup squad for a reported knee injury and has played just one Test and four one-dayers in the last 14 months because of injuries.

The 31-year-old was supposed to make a comeback in the upcoming Afro-Asian Cup in India but he pulled out of it citing personal reasons.


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