Pakistan’s legendary cricketer and current chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq wants Pakistan to play more consistent cricket to improve its ICC rankings across all the three formats of the game.
The 46-year old who took the role of chief selector after helping Afghanistan during coaching stint now keep his ambition to improve Pakistan’s ICC rankings in which they are languishing bottom mainly due to their inconsistent cricket over the years.
“We have done well in Test cricket but we have a realistic chance of even securing top position in the Test rankings. And we need to work very hard to improve our rankings in ODI and T20 cricket which have gone down since last year,” he said.
“And that can only happen when we start showing more consistency and continuity in our performances. The remaining three Tests against England are a litmus test for Pakistan to show they can be consistent,” Inzamam told Geo Super sports from Manchester.
The star player also felt that the outcome of the second test at Old Trafford could very well decide the outcome of the ongoing series.
“England is always a tough side to beat at home. Our team played superbly to surprise them at Lord’s. But with James Anderson and Ben Stokes back they can come back. The second Test will be important in deciding victory of the series,” Inzamam said.
Inzamam, however, feels that the team could take their chances despite the inexperience in the side and wants senior players like Misbah and Younis Khan to lead the way for the side.
“Most of our players don’t have much experience of playing in English conditions and this could benefit the host team,” he said. “But if the weather is warm it is good for our team. If we show the same consistency we showed at Lord’s this can be a good match for us.”