Inzy backs Miandad for Pakistan coaching job

Published: Monday, June 11, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq came out in support of former batsman Javed Miandad, terming him as the 'best choice' to take over the reigns of the Pakistan cricket team.

The burly batsman, who retired from the shorter version of the game after a disastrous World Cup campaign, openly batted for the former captain to coach the side for the fourth term.

Miandad, who was removed acrimoniously on all occasions, has already said he was open to coaching the team if the PCB offered him the job although he did not apply for the advertised post.

Criticising the role of media after the World Cup debacle, Inzamam said, ''It is the basic role of media to show the reality. I was shocked by the accusations made against me after the World Cup loss.

''I was really hurt.'' He also dismissed the view held by many that he was a dictator.

''I was blamed for being very lenient during my whole captaincy career but the World Cup probe committee turned me into a dictator.

That could only be accepted if players had complained that I acted like one. This is nothing new in Pakistan cricket.

''When the team loses, all the blame is put on others, and I was ready for that because it happened in the past,'' Inzamam said, referring to Pakistan's equally dismal 2003 World Cup.

He said his power as captain came simply because he was a successful captain and whenever he wanted certain player, he convinced selectors to get that player but not through dictatorship.

''Being a captain it was my duty to take keen interest in the selection of the outfit,'' he said.

Replying to a question regarding favoritism in the team, he said spinner Mushtaq Ahmad was selected as a bowling coach because he felt the team needed a motivator.

''If you have a close look at the squads of other international teams, you will realize that those teams are fully equipped with at least 11 to 12 such persons who play their individual role in the performance of the teams. While Pakistan work with only 5 or 6 persons like them. It makes the difference in the spirit of any team competing at the world level.''

He also played down the row with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, saying ''Shoaib is a great player. He has a natural talent to destroy any team in the world but injuries are harmful factor in his career.

''I always wanted him in my team but unfortunately injuries never allowed him to be a permanent part of the team. He has still got the potential to play for at least another three years.''

Referring to former captain Imran Khan's opinion that he (Inzy) was not an aggressive captain, he said evryone has their own style of functioning which depend on their psyche.

''I have never been aggressive until I am irritated with something. It is my style to lead as a skipper. I have a great respect for Imran but I handle things according to my way,''he said.

Concerned about the state of domestic cricket in Pakistan, he said, ''The problem is that our batsmen are not used to playing over good surfaces. When Pakistan play abroad, the bowlers perform well but the batsmen fail. For this sake we must prepare standard turfs at the local level.''


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