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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has insisted that he doesn’t want to solely be known as the nephew of former captain and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Imam is determined to carve out his own identity and wants that to be attributed to him rather than who his uncle is.
Inzamam has been criticised for including Imam in the national team, with many saying that he was showing favouritsm since Imam is his nephew.
However, the 22-year-old has paid dividends for the faith shown in him as he has scored four ODI centuries in nine matches.
“Let me be clear about this, I want to be recognised and accepted as Imam-ul-Haq first and then Inzamam’s nephew after that, and yes he is my uncle and it’s not my fault,” Imam was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “There is a lot of pressure on me especially from Pakistan media and sometimes I have to tolerate them too.
“I have 4 hundreds in 9 ODIs and credit goes to my family for their support, to the management as they have also supported me, so what the media says has never mattered to me.”
Coming into the Asia Cup, Imam will be looking to replicate the success he had in the recent five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, where he amassed 395 runs, which included three centuries, at an average of 79.
When asked if he receives any advice from Inzamam, who scored 8,830 runs in Test cricket and 11,739 runs runs in his ODI career, Imam said: “No advice from my uncle as he doesn’t talk that much about cricket especially when it comes to me.
“I like to thank the management in the way they have treated me so well. My uncle just tells me to enjoy myself in cricket.”
Pakistan will kick off their Asia Cup campaign against Hong Kong in Dubai on September 16.