Chief selector Inzamam might double-up as Pakistan's batting consultant in the World Cup

The former right-hander has the experience of 120 Tests behind him.

Inzi was part of Pakistan's coaching set-up in 2012 as well | Getty

Chief of the national selection committee Inzamam-ul-Haq could be Pakistan's batting consultant as well during the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. 

The former right-hander is currently in South Africa for the ongoing five-match ODI series and has expressed willingness to work full-time with the players. 

"He has already got involved with the team in South Africa and is attending their nets," a PCB source close to the matter was quoted saying, "Inzamam could be the next batting coach/consultant of the team before the World Cup as the board is not satisfied with the performance of batting coach, Grant Flower who has been with the team since the last World Cup."

The selection committee and senior board officials are learnt to be concerned about the decline in batsmen's consistency and want to do something substantial regarding the same. 

With 120 Tests and over 300 One-day Internationals behind him, Inzamam has the knowledge and experience to share that can be really handy for the contemporary Pakistani cricketers. 

Inzamam has actually had a short previous stint as batting consultant with the national team before their 2012 tour of India. But he and the board couldn't agree to a permanent contract over financial issues.

Pakistan failed heavily with the bat during the 3-0 Test series whitewash versus the Proteas and attracted widespread criticism for the performance.

"We always hear the players getting blamed for any poor show but what about the coaching panel. Are they also not responsible? If our batsmen are constantly making the same mistakes and not improving, it indicates a failure of the batting coach to deliver," ex-Test captain Asif Iqbal had said. 

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 26 Jan, 2019

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