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Shaharyar optimistic ICC will do justice with Inzamam


Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M Khan expressed optimism that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will do justice with Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq in the spirit of fair play.

“I never said that the ICC will clear Inzamam when his case is heard later this month but I strongly believe justice will be done with him by maintaining the spirit of fair play in the trial,” he told reporters here on Wednesday.

Inzamam faces the charges of ball tampering and bringing the game to disrepute, during the fourth and final Test at The Oval last month, for not taking the field under protest against the decisions of umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove who imposed five-run penalty on the Pakistan team under the allegations of ball tampering before the tea break on the penultimate day of the Test.

Shaharyar said the PCB is preparing to plead the case of Inzamam with the help of experts and related evidences including manager Zaheer Abbas and a few team members.

He denied that Zaheer Abbas who was team’s manager during the tour of England was sacked, saying, “It is wrong to say so; we are appointing managers for a specific tour under a formula and Talat Ali Malik has also been appointed for the Indian tour where the team will play Champions Trophy.”

“Another reason for not continuing with Zaheer was may be he would be required to appear at the hearing as an evidence and if a decision is taken against Inzamam we might need him (Zaheer) again in the appeal,” he said, adding, “ It was a wrong impression that Zaheer was overlooked for not performing his duties in professional manner.”

Meanwhile, the PCB chief ruled out any change in the PCB set-up in near future.

Analysing the performance of the Pakistan team in the recently concluded tour of England, Shaharyar termed it not satisfactory, especially in the one-day matches. “We were a failure in fielding throughout the tour and we need to improve in this department if we want to revive the fortunes of our team.” he said. “We also faced problems in opening and we must overcome these shortcomings to perform up to a certain level in the Champions Trophy.”

“In the last two one-dayers (in England) our performance was poor and the team failed to gel like a fighting unit,” he asserted.

Shaharyar said a decision, in principle, has been taken to retain three openers with the team including Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez to have ample choice for having a suitable opening pair.

“We have the world’s best lower-order batting, consisting of Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal and their potential has been praised by former Test greats. However, We’ll be further strengthening our middle-order,” he added.

Answering a question, he said pacers Mohammad Asif and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan faced injuries because of playing county cricket ahead of the England tour. “We are considering not allowing our key players to engage themselves in county cricket in case of an important tour to save them from burnout and/or injuries,” he said.

He hoped the team would put up a better show in the Champions Trophy, setting aside the results achieved in England.

Shaharyar said on the recommendations of the team’s coach, Bob Woolmer one-week training camp will be organised in the Indian city of Jaipur before the Champions Trophy to help the team acclimatise with local playing conditions.

Source:The News

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