Inzamam-ul-Haq has resigned as PCB chief selector over Pakistan’s poor performance in the World Cup 2023.
Inzamam resigns due to conflict of interest allegations
Pakistan began their World Cup campaign with two victories but failed in four following matches. Their back-to-back defeats in the matches have put pressure on their goal of reaching the semifinals.
Pakistan lost the matches against India, Australia, Afghanistan, and South Africa. The defeat in the match against South Africa was adjudged one as the player Shamsi was given not out by the on-field umpire. This puts pressure on their goal of reaching the semi-finals.
The news came in after some reports claimed that the former cricketer had a stake in the player’s management registered with the Pakistan Cricket Board. The reports confirmed the list includes the top players like Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
When asked about his resignation Haq said he went to the PCB after the allegations and insisted the board hold an inquiry. “Later I got a call that they had formed a five-member committee,” he said.
“Since I am facing an inquiry, and as the nature of my job is, I should step down and let them conduct the probe.”
The Pakistan fans are angry at the management, captain, and the team who are facing back-to-back defeats in the World Cup tournament.
“I am stepping down from the post to offer the PCB the opportunity to conduct a transparent inquiry about the conflict of interest allegations raised in the media. If the committee finds me not guilty, I will resume my role as the chief selector,” Inzamam said in a statement.
Before the World Cup 2023, the players were mulling over the prospect of boycotting commercial activities during the ICC tournament.
After their loss to South Africa, Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said it was a disadvantage for them as they lost the match against South Africa saying, “certainly on Babar Azam, on Inzi, on our coaches, on the management team.”
“What I do know is the boys have tried and the effort of the coaching staff, the effort of the players has been first-class. If they would see the amount of effort that the players and staff put in, they would be amazed.”
With only three matches left to play in the group stage matches, Pakistan will be playing the 31st World Cup match against Bangladesh on October 31 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.