Inzamam denies Test retirement plans
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has rubbished speculation he is to retire, insisting he is available for selection for the second Test against South Africa in Lahore.
The stylish right-hander, who quit one-day internationals following Pakistan’s early exit from the 2007 World Cup, also maintained he is match-fit and looking forward to rejoining the national team.
“I have no plans to retire at the moment. I am available for the second Test and have told the selectors of my desire,” Inzamam told the Daily Express, a Lahore-based Urdu daily. “I would like to carry on playing Test cricket as long as I can.”
Inzamam also confirmed he would not be attending the Darrell Hair tribunal in London, where the umpire is suing the ICC for racial discrimination and racial harassment in the wake of last year’s Oval Test match between England and Pakistan.
“I have cancelled all my engagements in order to be available for selection,” said Inzamam. “I have also cancelled my trip to London, where I was expected to be present for the hearings in the Darrell Hair case.
“I have informed the court about my decision. Right now I am concentrating on training. I would like to make my comeback memorable with an improved performance.”
On his signing up for rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), the 37-year-old said: “I take pride in representing my country at the highest level. But, whenever I don’t have any national duty I am free to play for the club I choose.”
Media reports had suggested Inzamam had reached an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board which would see the batsman play one last Test in Lahore before bowing out.