Inzamam announces retirement from Test cricket

Published: Friday, October 5, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan's former captain and batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq will retire after playing the second Test against South Africa in Lahore.

The 37-year-old veteran of 119 Tests said he was available for the Lahore test which would be his last.

"I want to now give way to youngsters and allow them to take centre stage. I don't want to stop any youngster's progress," Inzamam said on Friday.

Inzamam stepped down as captain and retired from one-day internationals after his team was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year.

"I have taken this decision after much thought and I realise that my presence in the dressing room could be a pressure on the younger players. So I have decided this is the best time for me to bid farewell to a game I have loved so much," Inzamam said.

The Multan-born batsman who also played in 378 one-day internationals said his biggest regret remained the performance of the team in the 2007 World Cup.

"It was one of the biggest disappointments of my long career the way we performed because we had a good team. But there have been other disappointments as well and that is part of the game," Inzamam said.

He said winning the 1992 World Cup final against England was the best moment of his career plus the hundred he scored against Bangladesh in 2003 in his hometown Multan to help Pakistan win the match.

"It was my comeback match after disappointing form in the 2003 World Cup and it was an important innings for me."

Inzamam said he would be available to serve Pakistan cricket in any capacity if required by the Pakistan cricket Board.

Inzy not keen to appear in Hair case: Inzamam-ul-Haq has ruled out appearing in an employment tribunal hearing the racial discrimination suit by Australian umpire Darrell Hair against the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Inzamam, who has been summoned by Hair's legal counsel for the London hearing as a witness, was one of the main characters in the Oval Test last year which eventually led to Hair being released from the ICC elite panel of umpires.

"No I don't have any immediate plans to go and appear before the tribunal. I am busy right now preparing for the second Test against South Africa," Inzamam said.

"Then I have other plans as well and will decide about the tribunal appearance later on," he said.

Inzamam and his team were charged with ball tampering by Hair and fellow umpire West Indian Billy Doctrove in the Oval Test which led to the Pakistanis protesting and refusing to continue play.

The match was awarded to England by Hair but later an ICC adjudicator cleared Pakistan of ball tampering charges but banned Inzamam for four matches for bringing the game into disrepute.

The fall-out of the Oval incident was that the ICC executive board later in the year released Hair from the elite panel of umpires.


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