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Inzamam-ul-Haq steps down as Pakistan Men’s team’s chief selector: sources

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Former Pakistan captain and legendary cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq on Monday stepped down as Chief Selector of the Pakistan Cricket Team, sources told.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, in an interview with a local news channel, revealed that he wanted to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf but the latter did not meet him.

The development comes after media reports circulated, claiming that the former cricketer was one of the stakeholders in a player’s management firm, named Saya Corps, in respect to the “conflict of interest”.

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Meanwhile, Inzamam-ul-Haq clarified his decision to step down as the chief selector.

“We are cricketers and we are available all the time to serve the country. Since I am facing an inquiry, and as the nature of my job is, I should step down and let them conduct the probe,” the former captain said.

“I am a human and it hurts. I have a 20-year cricket career during which I represented Pakistan. I am not someone who people don’t know. When such allegations are levelled, it hurts.”

He further said he has no relations with any players’ agent firm.

“I must tell you very clearly that such companies are recommended by the ICC and PCB has all their data,” he added.

In response to Inzamam’s statement, Zaka Ashraf has clarified that he was unable to meet the former cricketer due to his unavailability in the office premises at the time.

“I was not present in the office, so how could I meet Inzamam-ul-Haq,” said the PCB chief.

“I respect Inzamam a lot. I am available to meet whenever he wants,” he added.

Meanwhile, the PCB, minutes after Inzamam’s resignation, took to X, formerly Twitter, to share that it had formed a five-member fact-finding committee to “investigate allegations in respect of conflict of interest”.

“Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has set up a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate allegations in respect of conflict of interest reported in the media pertaining to the team selection process,” PCB stated.

“The committee will submit its report and any recommendations to the PCB Management in an expeditious manner.”

 

Inzamam-ul-Haq was appointed as the chief selector on August 7, which marked his second tenure in this position. He had previously served as the chief selector from 2016 to 2019, for a period of three years.

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