Inzamam-ul-Haq pins blame on former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf for Pakistan’s poor performance in ODI World Cup

Written by Toshi Pawar

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has blamed ousted Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf for Pakistan’s poor performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

Ashraf had announced his resignation as the Chairperson of the PCB Management Committee on Friday, January 19, having held the office since July last year.

Speaking to a Pakistani news channel, as quoted by PTI, said the mindset of players must’ve been affected when Ashraf said the World Cup team was selected by the captain and chief selector and not the board. Pakistan finished fifth in the ODI World Cup points table and failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

“’Can you imagine the mindset of the players when during an important event like the World Cup in India they hear that the PCB Chairman is saying the team selected was not done by the board but by the captain and chief selector only,” said Inzamam.

He went on to say that he is still waiting for the inquiry committee report on his alleged conflict of interest while being Pakistan’s chief selector. Inzamam had resigned as Pakistan’s chief selector mid-World Cup following allegations of conflict of interest.

“Just think what must be going through the players mind when they hear that an inquiry committee has been formed against the chief selector and he has resigned. Where does this happen? I am still waiting for that report of the inquiry committee against me which was formed to probe whether I had committed a conflict of interest while being the chief selector,” Inzamam added.

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