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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has lashed out at his critics and the media for constantly saying that he is only in the national team since his uncle, Inzamam-ul-Haq, is the chief selector.
Imam feels that he has done enough to earn his spot in the side, especially in ODIs, where he has scored 1,692 runs in 36 matches, which include seven centuries and six fifties, at an average of 54.58.
At the World Cup, Imam accumulated 305 runs in eight matches, which included a hundred and a half-century, at an average of 38.12.
“I don’t care about the pros and cons of my relationship with him [Inzamam, his uncle],” Imam was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “This is something that you people, the media, speak about. Our public is innocent and they believe whatever they are told. I believe in Allah. I am playing because he has destined it to be so.
“But such talk has taught me a lot and made me strong mentally. It does hurt, but I try to take it positively. It is true that even if I perform in ten matches but fail in two, I am criticised. But I try not to be bothered and try to win my fans over with my performances. Neither you nor I can say what my future is. It is only Allah who knows. My responsibility is to perform and the rest is up to the PCB.”