Ul-Haq will no longer be Pakistan’s batting consultant
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have decided to end Inzamam-ul-Haq’s tenure as a batting consultant and announced that he will not be travelling to South Africa, where the national team are currently 1-0 down in the ongoing Test series.
Ul-Haq was supposed to travel with the national team, but was not approached or told anything by the PCB.
The former batsman was given the role shortly before Pakistan’s limited overs series against arch-rivals India.
However, he did not travel with the team to India either as he had commitments to keep with a TV station.
Even though there was no written deal for ul-Haq to travel to South Africa, both the PCB and former batsman had initially come to an understanding that he would continue with his role as a batting consultant for that tour as well.
“We have engaged the services of Inzamam ahead of the India tour,” PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf had said after appointing ul-Haq. “He won’t travel to India with the team but will help the batsmen in the camp as batting consultant. He will be part of the touring unit that goes next year to South Africa.”
The PCB have been trying to recruit specialist coaches for batting, bowling and fielding, however, after only finding a bowling and fielding coach, the board dropped the idea of finding a batting coach and put head coach Dav Whatmore in charge of that department as well.
The PCB then announced that they were looking to hire a full-time batting coach, but decided to abandon that idea as well and take things series-by-series.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests, two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs during their two-month tour of South Africa.