Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Monday stepped down as chief selector of the Pakistan men’s team following the Men In Green’s dismal show in the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 in India.
The Babar Azam-led Pakistan team has lost four matches in a row including an embarrassing defeat to arch-rivals India and a humiliating loss, for the first time in the ODIs, against neighbours Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Inzamam was also accused for nepotism over team selection in media reports in the recent past.
Pakistan are currently placed sixth in the points-table with just four points in their kitty and are on the brink of elimination.
Moreover, following the team’s disastrous show in the marquee tournament, Inzamam has also been accused of a conflict of interest about the team selection process as his nephew Imam-ul-Haq is a part of the current Pakistan team.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also formed a five-member fact-finding panel to investigate allegations in respect of conflict of interest related to team selection process. The panel will forward its report and any recommendations to the PCB Management in an expeditious manner.
Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the tournament’s semi-final have become bery slim because even if they win their remaining three matches against Bangladesh, New Zealand and England, they would have to rely on other teams’ outcomes.
After the Bangladesh game, Pakistan will be up against New Zealand on November 4 in Bengaluru (Day match) before taking on defending champions England on November in Kolkata.