PCB chief expresses confidence in Inzamam, brushes off favouritism allegationsSport
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Thursday met PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani to discuss the allegations of favouritism levelled against himself and chief selector of the national junior selection committee Basit Ali.
According to the allegations, levelled by former chief selector Abdul Qadir, Inzamam's son had gotten support from his father to get a place in the national junior team.
Qadir claimed that Basit told him that Inzamam had asked him to include his son Ibtisam-ul-Haq in the national junior team. However, Inzamam and Basit have denied Qadir’s claims.
Meanwhile, Inzamam’s former colleague Mohammad Yousuf has also spoken in his support.
In his meeting with Inzamam, the PCB chief "expressed full confidence" on both the selectors.
According to a PCB press release, Mani "expressed his disappointment over the speculation about the integrity of two former Test cricketers and current head of senior and junior selection committee, respectively."
Earlier, in a video statement, Inzamam had asked the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani to initiate an inquiry and take action against him if found guilty.
“I strongly refute this unfounded and malicious claim,” Inzamam wrote in a tweet. “For the record, no one from junior selection committee was approached and there is no truth in this. I am taking this matter quite seriously and will be meeting PCB chairman for an open inquiry on this matter tomorrow,” he had tweeted.
Basit struck a similar note. “I would request the PCB chairman to investigate this issue in order to ensure that people who are spreading such news are punished,” he said.
Yousuf also called for an inquiry saying “it would prove Inzamam is right in his statement.”
It may be mentioned that Inzamam has faced criticism since the time he selected his nephew Imam-ul-Haq in the national team. Imam, however, has produced good performances on the field to prove his critics wrong.