Why is Inzamam concerned about his nephew Imam?

Inzamam-ul-Haq worried pressure Imam-ul-Haq nephew Pakistan Ireland Test match cricket

Inzamam-ul-Haq: “I am worried that Imam has pressure on him due to me”

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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has admitted that he is worried that there will be a lot of pressure on uncapped batsman Imam-ul-Haq to perform on his Test debut due to the fact that the 22-year-old is his nephew.

Inzamam, who is a former Pakistan captain, admitted that the decision to pick Imam was a tough one.

In fact, Inzamam was heavily criticised for selecting Imam, who made a century on his ODI debut, as people felt that Fawad Alam should have been picked instead.

“Imam’s selection decision was a tough one; I was afraid that if I didn’t select him I would have got it from “ghar” [family],” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “And If I had selected him, other people would pressure me.

“When it comes to decision on Imam’s selection, I would take the back seat and be a little quiet. I would also ask Grant Flower who he has worked with and also consult with [head coach] Mickey [Arthur].

“When Imam was selected for ODIs, there was criticism and then he scored 100.

“I am used to pressure due to the fact that I have played for a long time but I am worried that Imam has pressure on him due to me. This is very difficult for a youngster, especially in a tough series like this.”

In regards to Alam, Inzamam revealed that he has spoken to the 32-year-old and explained why he was overlooked for the Test match against Ireland and Test series against England.

“I called Fawad Alam and said look there is a lot of stuff being said on TV but please dont take this personally,” Inzamam said. “When needed I will make a phone call to the players as well but I am very accessible.

“Fawad Alam must be a good player as any player who comes to the national level is or should be.

“It has been said that he is not suited in terms of technique for playing in England. It would be better for him if he is given a chance to play in a series that is held in sub-continent.”

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