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Ex-Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has admitted that opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq can go on to achieve great things if he maintains the start he has made to his international career.
Imam shone on his ODI debut as he scored a century. It was a similar story in his Test debut as he led Pakistan to victory in the historic match against Ireland with an unbeaten 74 in the second innings.
After a disappointing performance in the two-Test series against England, Imam made his presence felt in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, where he amassed 395 runs, which included three centuries, at an average of 79.
“So far, he has proven a lot of people wrong and I am very happy for him,” Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “He’s doing well and I was particularly impressed with him in the run-chase in the Ireland Test match.
“He never panicked and he looked comfortable out there and he wasn’t fazed when a few wickets fell around him. He kept on batting in a compact way and he eventually helped Pakistan win a tricky Test match. It was a very impressive performance from him and the way he is going about his batting is heartening to see.
“There are one or two glitches in his technique which you would expect at this stage and which he has to improve upon and I think he will do that and have a good career for Pakistan.”
Sohail also called on Pakistan fans and the rest of the cricketing community to stop saying that Imam is solely in the national team since he is the nephew of chief selector and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“Before criticising him and making a judgement on him, just let the young man prove himself. Don’t keep on saying he has been picked because he is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq,” he wrote. “It seems some people are criticising him just because he is Inzamam’s nephew.”