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Inzamam-ul-Haq has revealed that batting coach Grant Flower suggested that he include his nephew Imam-ul-Haq in the Pakistan team.
Inzamam’s revelation comes after he announced that he would be stepping down as chief selector at the end of the month.
Imam has constantly been criticised and told that he is only in the national team since Inzamam is his uncle.
However, Inzamam reiterated that he was never the one who advocated for the opening batsman to be included in the Pakistan squad.
“When he was first picked up for the international team not many know this, that it was Grant Flower who first came up to me to say he had been watching Imam score runs in domestic cricket. Then, head coach Mickey Arthur took up his case with the selection committee,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by aninews.in.
“Many people raised questions about his selection but when his name came up in selection I kept quiet and let others decide about him. So when you say that his selection is because of me, that’s inappropriate, because the team is not made by me alone. It was by the head coach and captain so why not question them.”
“His selection for me and him has been very critical for each other. But I want to remind people who had been making this an issue that when I wasn’t the part of PCB in any capacity in 2012, he was selected in Pakistan’s Under-19 squad. In 2014, he was named vice-captain for the Under-19 World Cup and this formed a pathway to international cricket.
“He has scored runs and earned his place in the team. He did well and in the 36 ODIs he’s played so far as an opener, he averages over 50, which hasn’t been achieved by anyone yet. So I think he should be regarded the same as everyone else.”