Inzamam convinced PCB to drop tri-series for giving players rest

Pakistan cricket team’s captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, in a recent meeting with the top officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), indicated that the players should be given proper breaks between the matches to save them from fitness problems before the World Cup.

An official of the PCB disclosed that Inzamam, during a meeting with Chairman Shaharyar Khan and some other Board officials, had spoken on the subject of the international calendar when the discussion focused on an invitation from India and Australia to play a One-day International (ODI) tri-series later this year.

“The chairman had asked Inzamam whether the players would be happy playing in the unscheduled tri-series (not included in the Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council) in September this year before the ICC Champions Trophy in India,” the official said.

“Inzamam told the chairman that it would be better if Pakistan didn’t take part in the proposed tri-series as they were already playing a lot of cricket before next year’s World Cup.” The Pakistan team will tour England from June 28 before returning home on September 12 while the Champions Trophy begins from October 6 in India.

“Inzamam’s contention was that the players needed to be given a rest between the England tour and the Champions Trophy so that they could refresh and recharge themselves as immediately after the Champions Trophy they also play the West Indies at home and then go on a full tour of South Africa,” the PCB official stated.

The official said Inzamam had pointed out that the South Africa tour and the World Cup were two very important events for Pakistan and players would be required with 100 percent fitness for these two events.

“Basically, on Inzamam’s suggestion the PCB dropped the idea of playing in the tri-series anywhere, even at off-shore venues,” the official stated. “However, Shaharyar told Inzamam that his team might have to play three ODIs against Zimbabwe at home before going to India for the Champions Trophy and they should be prepared for it.”

The official said the PCB, on the suggestion of the players, had even asked the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) to end Pakistan’s tour by February 12, 2007. “The players want to come back from South Africa and take a two-week break before going to the West Indies for the World Cup. However, at this stage the UCBSA has not finalised the itinerary and if they accept Pakistan’s proposal then the number of Tests or the ODIs might be reduced.” The Pakistani players and coach Bob Woolmer have also asked the Board to give them at least a week’s time and schedule some practice games before the start of the World Cup.

Source:The News

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