PAK v NZ 2018: Players will have to realise their responsibilities and perform, says Inzamam-ul-Haq

Pakistan succumbed to a 123-run defeat in Abu Dhabi and lost the three-match Test series, 2-1.

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Disappointed with the outcome of the three-match Test series against New Zealand in UAE, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has expressed strong reservations with the overall performance of Sarfaraz Ahmed led side and even warned of strong repercussions that could follow.

Pakistan succumbed to a 123-run defeat in Abu Dhabi and lost the series by a 2-1 margin to Kane Williamson's New Zealand, bringing up Kiwis' first away Test series victory over their Asian counterparts since 1969.

"I wouldn't single out and just blame the captain. The fact is that thrice our batting collapsed under pressure in the series which is unacceptable," Inzamam told reporters in Lahore, on Saturday, December 9, "All the players have to realise their responsibilities and perform to their roles in the team otherwise they will go home now and there will be changes in the team."

"We should have won all three Tests but we lost two of them only because of our own mistakes. This is a national level team and players are not selected for Pakistan to not cope with pressure. This is their job as professionals," reiterated Inzi, who played 120 Tests and close to 400 ODIs for his country.

The 48-year-old also reflected back at the batting struggles throughout the series, where batsmen barring Azhar Ali seem to be drowning under-pressure.

"There is also the problem of maintaining a healthy strike rate. Imran Khan used to tell us that the team whose tail-end batsmen don't get runs would find it difficult to win. I think that is also the problem with the present outfit," Inzamam further said.

Before stressing on the need for his nephew Imam to come good being fazed with a sterner challenge ahead in South Africa.

"I know he didn't get runs against New Zealand but we have to see that in the past one year he has got runs and we need to give him a long run. If he doesn't get runs in South Africa then he can also be dropped by the selectors," he signed off.

(Inputs from AFP)


By Kashish Chadha - 09 Dec, 2018

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