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Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif firmly believes that opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq should be retained in the national team, despite his disappointing performance in the Test series against South Africa.
Imam accumulated 149 runs in the three Tests at an average of 24.83.
With the five-match ODI series starting on January 19 in Port Elizabeth, Latif noted that some fans have called for Imam to be removed from the ODI squad.
However, Latif feels this would be a grave mistake, especially since Imam has scored 819 runs in 16 ODIs, which includes four centuries and three fifties, at an average of 63.
“Imam’s performance in the Test series was not up to the mark, and fans on social media are calling to drop him from the ODI squad as well. However, if we look at his ODI stint, he poses an excellent record,” Latif was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “Imam has the chance to become the fastest player to reach the 1,000 run mark.”
Latif also insisted that Imam isn’t in the national team solely because he is the nephew of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.
“This happens everywhere. However, when Imam made his international debut, the youngster made an impact in both ODI and Test cricket,” Latif said.