Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq
Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq addresses a news conference in Lahore, on July 17, 2019. A Image Credit: P

Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Wednesday announced that he will step down as the chief selector once his tenure ends on July 30.

“When I returned [from United Kingdom], I told the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] that I did not want to continue with my position. I joined in 2016 and have spent a good time here. Now, I have decided that new people should come, with a new thinking and ideas,” an English daily quoted Haq as saying at a news conference.

When asked if he would take on another role in the management, Haq said: “I am a cricketer, this is my bread and butter. If the board offers me another role, apart from selection, I would consider it.”

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Speaking on the team’s performance during the recently concluded World Cup in which Pakistan failed to qualify for the top four, Haq said his side came out with a good performance but luck didn’t go their way.

Pakistan finished fifth in the points table and were tied with New Zealand. However, due to their inferior net run-rate, they failed to enter the knockout stage.

“Pakistan defeated the two finalists, won four matches. But they were unlucky that they were ruled out [from the semi-finals] due to the NRR [net run-rate],” he said.

The 49-year-old was appointed for the role in April 2016 and oversaw a period which included Pakistan’s victory in the Champions Trophy two years ago.