Inzamam is Pak's batting consultant for India tour

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Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:47 [IST]
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PCB hire Inzamam as batting consultant

Lahore, Dec 14: Former Pakistan cricketer Inzamam ul Haq has been roped in by the PCB as a batting consultant to assist the Pakistan cricket team during a week-long training programme starting on Friday, according to a PCB official.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf on Thursday confirmed that former Pakistan skipper Inzamam ul Haq will be assisting the batsmen ahead of their ODI and T20 series against India, during the training camp at Lahore.

"Inzamam will help the batsmen in the camp but since he is busy he will not go on the tour," said Ashraf.

According to PCB, the team will undergo a week-long training camp at Lahore before leaving to India on Dec 22, three days before their first T20 International at Bangalore.

Pakistan will be playing three ODIs and 3 T20 internationals against India during their first tour in five years.

Meanwhile, the team has also roped in Maqbool Babri, a psychologist to help the Pakistan cricket team ahead of their challenging tour.

"We hope that the team will perform well on the tour and for this balanced squads have been selected," said Ashraf.

Ashraf also hoped Afridi would strike form at the earliest in order to retain his place in the ODIs, having dropped from the ODI squad for series against India.

"For me every player is equal and we have a strict policy of merit. Afridi has been going through a bad patch and I hope he removes his flaws," said Ashraf of Afridi being dropped from the one-dayers but selected for the T20s.


Story first published:  Friday, December 14, 2012, 14:41 [IST]
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