Inzamam hoping to play Tests for one-two years more

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

ISLAMABAD: Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq says he may play on Test cricket for Pakistan for another one to two years.

“I feel I have one to two years of cricket left in me,”
said the man who is already one of Pakistan’s most successful Test batsman with 25 centuries to his credit.

Inzamam stepped down as skipper and also quit one-day cricket after Pakistan’s unceremonious exit from the World Cup held in the West Indies in March-April this year.

Pakistan lost the opening first round match to the hosts West Indies and then followed it up with another ignominous defeat to lowly Ireland in their second outing on March 17, thus completing an humiliating early elimination from the World Cup.

Inzamam accepted responsibility for the defeat against Ireland.

“It was a bad day for the whole team.”

To a question why Pakistan usually fail on fast and bouncy tracks in foreign countries, Inzamam suggested to improve the domestic cricket structure.

“Our players at home usually play on low, slow wickets. If pitches in domestic first-class matches are fast with enough bounce, then our batsmen will learn to live with the phenomenon and cut down on their rate of failure abroad,”
he said.

To a question when did he last speak to Bob Woolmer before his death, Inzamam said the moment came when the coach met the players in the dressing room after the defeat.
“He (coach) was downcast but he emphasised that such things do happen in sports,”
he said.

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