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Outgoing Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq believes that opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who is his nephew, is being criticised for no reason.
Inzamam’s comments come after he announced that he would be stepping down as chief selector at the end of the month.
Imam has done exceptionally well in international cricket thus far, 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.
Despite this, he has still been heavily criticised, with many of his critics saying that he is only in the national team because Inzamam is his uncle.
“People unfairly single him out for criticism, instead of the other 25 players in the squad, because of his relationship with me,” Inzamam wrote in his blog for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Imam is a valuable part of the side, which is proven by his average, which is in excess of 50 in ODIs.”