Despite being a rather expected news it still didn’t fail to amaze everyone when PCB Chief Selector Former Pakistan team Captain decided to resign from the role of Chief Selector. This could possibly be a move to save face with his contract already expiring at the end of the month and a new contract being far less likely, this would make Inzamam leave the post with dignity.
The World Cup exposed quite a few flaws in the Pakistan Cricket team management and one of them was the team selection. The team consisted of just two openers that meant that both openers had their place cemented from the start of the world cup and when players play knowing that they cannot be replaced, complacency kicks and ruins the performance of the player. Additionally, part of the management team going along with the team to England also remained unjustified and to top it all of the performance of the team was disappointing initially leading to the team relying on other teams to fall short in order for them to qualify. As we all know that didn’t happen. After all that happened, Inzamam realized that it was finally time:
With the ICC World Test Championship, due to getting underway in September, the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, I believe it is the right time for the Pakistan Cricket Board to appoint a new chief selector who can bring new ideas and fresh thinking,” he said.” The Pakistan cricket team has come a long way since the departures of stalwarts like Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan, in May 2017, and is now destined for improved results as the youngsters have grown in experience and stature. They are now ready to excel and perform consistently across the three formats,” he said.
PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani also paid tribute to the work done by Inzamam as he stated:
“Inzamam is one of the icons of Pakistan cricket who has served his country passionately both as a player and as a chief selector. During his tenure, we have seen the emergence of many talented young cricketers. I would like to thank Inzamam for the leadership he provided to the group and the cricket knowledge he brought to one of the most critical roles in cricket.”