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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has revealed that former captain and the country’s current Prime Minister Imran Khan continuously motivated him when he struggled to score runs during the 1992 World Cup.
Inzamam, an ex-Pakistan captain himself, accumulated 225 runs in 10 matches, which included a lone half-century, at an average of 22.50 during the tournament.
Despite this, Imran managed to lead Pakistan to World Cup glory for the first time ever.
Inzamam’s comments come ahead of this year’s World Cup, which begins in England and Wales next month.
Pakistan have not won the World Cup since 1992, but many former players have identified the men in green as being among the frontrunners to win the showpiece event.
“Imran Khan never let me think less of myself even though I was not scoring that well at the beginning stage of the World Cup,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “In every game, he would raise my confidence by saying that I was Pakistan’s main player and I had to score big.”
In the upcoming World Cup, Pakistan will kick off their campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.