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Cracks Widen in Pakistan Cricket as Chief Selector Resigns Amid World Cup Woes

Pakistan Cricket: Pakistan’s journey in the 2023 World Cup took a sharp turn as they faced a disheartening series of losses, marking a historic low for the former champions. After securing victories against the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, Pakistan suffered consecutive losses to India, Australia, Afghanistan, and South Africa. This four-match losing streak marked the first time Pakistan faced such a setback in World Cup history.

Inzamam’s Resignation Deals Another Blow

As the Pakistani team sought to turn the tide and make a last-ditch effort for a spot in the semifinals, their chief selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq, delivered an unexpected resignation. Inzamam’s departure from his role dealt another blow to the struggling team, further adding to their woes.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, a cricket legend and former Pakistan captain, revealed his reasons for stepping down as chief selector. He stated that he was offering the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) an opportunity to conduct a transparent inquiry into the conflict of interest allegations raised in the media. Inzamam also emphasized his willingness to return to his role if the committee’s findings cleared him of wrongdoing.

Conflict of Interest Allegations

The controversy surrounding Inzamam’s resignation stems from allegations of a potential conflict of interest. It was reported that Inzamam is associated with “Yazo International Limited,” a company owned by Talha Rehmani, who serves as an agent for prominent players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Afridi.

Addressing these allegations, Inzamam clarified that he has no connection with the mentioned company and expressed frustration with people making baseless accusations. He urged the PCB to investigate to clear his name.

PCB’s Response and the Five-Member Committee

In response to the conflict of interest allegations and Inzamam’s resignation, the PCB acted swiftly. The board announced the formation of a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate these allegations reported in the media thoroughly. This committee examines any conflicts of interest related to the team selection process. It will provide its findings and recommendations to the PCB management promptly.

Inzamam’s Cricket Career and Resignation Acknowledged

Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has had a remarkable cricket career representing Pakistan in both Tests and ODIs, expressed his pain over the allegations and stated that these baseless accusations were deeply hurtful. The PCB, in an official statement, acknowledged and appreciated Inzamam’s decision to step down voluntarily during the investigation.

Pakistan’s Struggles in the World Cup

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign has been marked by underperformance, with four losses in six matches, virtually eliminating their chances of reaching the semifinals. The team’s disappointing run included a loss to Afghanistan, a relative newcomer to international cricket. Despite these challenges, Pakistan remains determined to fight in their upcoming match against Bangladesh.

Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation has cast a shadow over Pakistan’s World Cup journey, and it remains to be seen how the team will cope with the additional setback. The ongoing investigation will shed light on the conflict of interest allegations, and its findings will play a crucial role in determining Inzamam’s future role as the chief selector.

 

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