Inzamam targets building a team for 2019 World Cup

Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s former captain and chief selector, has emphasized the need to build a strong, competitive unit for the 2019 ODI World Cup, and said there is no urgency to make any drastic changes in the side following the dismal Australian tour.

“The World Cup is on our mind and we have to see how many of the available players can be in the national team when the tournament is held in 2019,” he told a press conference in Lahore.

“Obviously when the team does not perform it makes everyone sad including our former players. But it does not mean we chop and change because of this. Our main task is to keep the next World Cup in mind,” he said.

Following the recent 1-4 ODI series defeat at the hands of Australia, Pakistan are currently reeling at No. 8 position in the ICC ODI rankings, just three points ahead of West Indies. In order to secure a direct qualification to the ICC WC 2019, Pakistan need to step up their ante before the cut-off date (September 2017), as only the top eight team are guaranteed an automatic berth to the main event.

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Inzamam also added that he has been impressed with the performances of Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal in the domestic setup, but said there is still some time for them to make a comeback to the national side.

“My view is just that after five years away from the game one requires a full season or more to get back into his old method and system,” Inzamam said. “As far as Kamran is concerned, he has done well [but] unfortunately with Sarfaraz in the side, we can’t find a place for him in the side right now.”

Inzamam also said the round table conference, which the PCB has scheduled with former players and experts, will help brainstorm valuable inputs to improve the system.

“I think the conference will produce some positives and it is always good to take inputs from our former players,” he said. “We want to also find out how they think our team’s performance can be improved.”

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