Inzy should make way for youngsters: Zaheer Abbas

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Time was ripe for Inzamam-ul-Haq to gracefully quit cricket and make way for the youngsters in the 'larger interest of the game', asserted former Pakistan great Zaheer Abbas.

''It's the best time for Inzamam to leave the arena and allow youngsters to replace him in the larger interest of the game,'' Zaheer, the only Asian till date to have made a century of centuries in first class cricket, said.

''He (Inzamam) served the country and brought laurels for Pakistan both as a batsman and captain but now he should quit from Test cricket as well, honorably,'' the legendary batsman was quoted by The News.

Inzamam resigned from the captaincy of Pakistan and announced his retirement from one day cricket after his side's disastrous World Cup campaign where they were ousted in the preliminary stage of the mega event by the minnows, Ireland.

Zaheer, who was Team's manager during last year's Oval Test fiasco when the Pakistan team got involved in a ball-tampering row and forfeited the match, said the episode had put a dark cloud on Inzy's career.

''It would be best for him (Inzamam) to avoid more controversies and retire now,'' he said adding that on the fitness front also, Inzamam would not be able to survive for too long.

Inzamam, who had scored 8813 runs in 119 Tests for Pakistan is just 20 runs short to overtake Javed Miandad as the highest run-getter for the country.


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