Sohail lashes out on Inzaman for Pak team crises

Published: Monday, August 9, 2010, 13:18 [IST]
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'Inzamam to blame for Pak team crisis'

Pakistan former Test captain, Aamir Sohail feels that the country's most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq is responsible for the dearth of quality batsmen in the national team.

Sohail said by the time Inzamam retired he had left the national team in dire straits.

"When Imran Khan retired, he left behind a pack of quality bowlers, when Javed Miandad retired he left behind a legacy of good batsmen but when Inzamam retired he left behind nothing," Sohail told 'Geo super channel'.

Sohail said during Inzamam's time no youngster was given a long spell to prove their true mettle and that way no youngster was never really allowed to settle in.

"Good players like Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Faisal Iqbal, Taufiq Umar or Hasan Reza who had done well in the chances given to them were never allowed to settle down in the team and establish themselves," he explained.

"The result is that today we don't have a ready line of batsmen to replace seniors. That is why I blame Inzamam for the current crisis in the team," Sohail said.

Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 398 one-day internationals, retired in 2007 after having remained captain since 2003.

Sohail also lashed out at the national selectors and the management of the team for misleading the board into believing that there was enough back up talent to replace experienced players like Muhammad Yousuf, Younus Khan or Faisal Iqbal.

"The truth is they misled the PCB Chairman into believing that he could manage the national team without Yousuf and Younus and that is why we are facing problems in England today," Sohail said.


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