Inzamam-ul-Haq will travel to South Africa with the Pakistan team as their batting consultant © Getty Images
Karachi, Dec 16, 2012
Pakistan‘s former captain and national team batting consultant, Inzamam-ul-Haq has confirmed he will be travelling with the team to South Africa next month after turning down an offer from PCB to go to India for the One-day series.
Inzamam said on Geo Super channel that the board had asked him to accompany the team to India and South Africa.
“I can’t go to India because of my prior commitments for the series but I will be going to South Africa,” he said.
Inzamam, who is presently working with the India bound players in a conditioning camp in Lahore, indicated that there was a need to bring about consistency and continuity in the batting order.
“I don’t see much wrong talent wise in the team and in the batting order. But I think perhaps there is a need to have a set batting order so that every player knows which position he is to play at in any format of the game,” Inzamam said.
The former great who has played 120 Tests said when the team went to South Africa he would definitely like to see changes in batting positions.
“We have some very good batsmen, I only think we might need to move around the batting positions and than have consistency to give the players confidence,” he said.
Inzamam’s remarks come at a time when the national team management has come under criticism for too much shuffling in the batting order, particularly in T20 and ODI cricket.
Inzamam said there were some minor technical issues with the batsmen.
“What I want to tell these guys is that to go and play positive and aggressive cricket on the coming tours that will make a huge difference to their confidence,” he added.
The former captain also made it clear that he wouldn’t face problems communicating with the players in the team as most of them had played under or with him.
“Most of them have played under my captaincy or with me, so we know each other very well and I understand the psyche of most of these players. So it should not be a big problem communicating,” he said.