Inzamam-ul-Haq: 'Pakistan needs to play more one-day cricket'

After Pakistan's 5-0 debacle in New Zealand, the chief selector says changes need to be made in the national squad with immediate effect.

Inzamam-ul-Haq was upset with Pakistan’s poor form. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has expressed disappointment at the team's recent debacle in New Zealand. Pakistan was defeated 5-0 by the host in what turned out to be a one-sided One-Day International (ODI) series.

According to Inzamam, changes need to be made in the national squad with immediate effect.

He suggested steps to improve the team's readiness for the one-day format and foreign playing conditions. “When a team loses a series 0-5, changes are necessary. At the same time, I would say that we also need to play more one-day cricket at domestic and international level as we have been playing a significant number of Twenty20 matches [of late]," he was quoted as saying by Dawn.

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“You have to face different environments in T20s, ODIs and Test matches and our players should be prepared to perform in all conditions,” he said.

'Scanty' number of one-day matches

Inzamam partly pinned the blame on the what he considers as a paucity of domestic one-day matches. He said, “The [Pakistan Cricket Board] is also worried about the scanty number of one-day matches that are held on our domestic circuit. We organise only one National One-day Cup whereas more should be held.”

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He suggested incorporating the selector's input in the team management's decision to field a particular team. He said, “It [selection of playing XI] is the basic job of coach and captain. However, my input should also be there to see what is going on. Then, there is pitch factor which we have to consider while selecting the final XI.”

He added, “It is just a matter to think that if we have the resources we should take advantage of it.”

Pakistan's next international assignment is its tour of England and Ireland in May and June. It includes partaking in a landmark moment for Ireland - its first-ever Test match.

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