I Will Be Very Pleased If People Accept me As Imam-ul-Haq, Not As Someone’s Nephew
Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has said that the perception that he came into the national team because of former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq might never change – Imam is the nephew of Inzamam. The latter was the chief selector of Pakistan at the time of his nephew’s selection in the national time for ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2017. The left-handed batsman kicked off his international career with a century on his debut.
“I don’t think it will change, unfortunately.People will never accept me. That’s what I think. I will be very pleased if people were to accept me as Imam-ul-Haq and not as someone’s nephew,” Imam told The Cricketer.
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“People think he [Inzamam] instructed Mickey Arthur to select me. They forget that we are living in 2019, where the media is everywhere. I can’t be here without my performances. I would be exposed in two minutes. They don’t see that I’ve gone through the process. But they see that I’m a nephew of Inzamam and they believe that they have the right to bash me,” he added.
Imam may be criticised for his selection in the national side but he possesses a healthy average of 54.58 in ODI cricket. In 36 ODIs, he has scored 1692 runs with seven centuries and six half-centuries. Imam scored 305 runs at World Cup 2019.
In 10 Tests so far, the left-handed batsman has scored 483 runs at 28.41. He will have a tough test against Australia when Pakistan travel to the country later in the year.
Imam is currently part of the ODI squad for the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. The two teams will also play a two-match Test series. Imam warmed up well for the series as he scored 152 in Quad-e-Azam trophy.
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The first ODI of the series was a washed-out affair. The second ODI will be played tomorrow after while the third ODI will be played on October 2. The two teams will also play a three-match T20I series but Imam is unlikely to be part of the squad for the shortest format.
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