Pakistan cricket has confirmed the iconic Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector of the Pakistan men’s senior national team ahead of the highly anticipated 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India. The legendary cricketer, renowned for his unmatched batting prowess, has been entrusted with the critical responsibility of shaping the squad for the upcoming World Cup, scheduled to be held in India from October 5 to November 19.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, affectionately known as “Inzy,” brings a wealth of experience and cricketing insight to the role, having previously held the position of chief selector from 2016 to 2019. During his previous tenure, Pakistan secured a historic victory by clinching the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, underscoring his strategic acumen in player selection.
This appointment comes at a crucial juncture for Pakistan’s cricketing journey, with the team gearing up for a series of monumental challenges. As part of the team’s preparations, they are set to compete in the Asia Cup, a joint-hosting effort by Pakistan and Sri Lanka, slated to commence on August 30. Following this, the team will embark on their quest for World Cup glory in the 50-over format.
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s initial task in his new role will be to unveil the squad for Pakistan’s upcoming three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, to be held in Sri Lanka, starting on August 22. This selection will lay the foundation for Pakistan’s campaign in the lead-up to the World Cup.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officially confirmed the appointment through its Twitter handle, heralding Inzamam’s return to a position of immense influence in the nation’s cricketing landscape. The tweet read, “Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul Haq has been appointed national men’s chief selector.”
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s illustrious cricketing journey encompasses a staggering 499 international matches over a span of 15 years, from 1991 to 2007. His remarkable records include amassing a total of 20,580 runs, featuring 35 centuries and 129 half-centuries. He stands as the top scorer in international cricket for Pakistan and ranks 11th globally in terms of total runs scored.
In Tests, Inzamam is celebrated for his exemplary batting, having notched up 8,830 runs in 120 matches, accompanied by 25 centuries and 46 fifties. His career-defining innings include a monumental best score of 329. Similarly, in ODIs, he has etched his name in cricketing history, tallying 11,739 runs in 378 matches, featuring 10 centuries and 83 half-centuries, with a top score of 137*.
Inzamam-ul-Haq’s indelible mark on the cricketing world also includes his pivotal role in Pakistan’s historic triumph in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. His ability to thrive under pressure and deliver exceptional performances on the grandest stages of the sport has solidified his legacy as one of Pakistan’s cricketing greats.
As Inzamam-ul-Haq takes the helm as chief selector, cricket enthusiasts across Pakistan and beyond eagerly await his strategic decisions in the team’s pursuit of World Cup glory. His experience, insight, and unmatched dedication to the sport make him a fitting leader to guide the nation’s cricketing fortunes in this momentous period.