Pakistan's head of selection committee Inzamam-uh-Haq    AFP
Pakistan’s head of selection committee Inzamam-uh-Haq AFP

Currently in the news for a range of issues, Pakistan s head of the selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq has said playing on neutral venues has had an adverse effect on the players. It must be noted that no current player of the Pakistan Test side, has played a match in Pakistan. Since 2009, Pakistan have been hosting games in the UAE due to the terror attacks on the touring Sri Lanka side.

Speaking to cricbuzz, Inzamam said, “It is very sad that we have to play our home games in neutral venues. It is damaging our cricket as our players don’t get the chance to play in our conditions, in front of our fans. It is very sad for Pakistan.”

“It is very tough on the players and we have suffered a lot. Hopefully things will get better in another two years’ time,” he added. It was only last month that an ICC approved World XI led by Faf du Plessis played out a 3-T20I series in Lahore.

Since, Sri Lanka too have scheduled to play the final T20I of the 3 match series against Pakistan at Lahore. Inzamam said, “I would like to thank the Sri Lankan board for agreeing to play the game. Apart from that last tour, whenever the Sri Lankans have come to Pakistan they have liked the country and done well. Similarly the Pakistani people also love the Sri Lankan team. Once the Sri Lankan team comes, hopefully in the next two or three years things will improve and Pakistan will regularly host matches.”

This is Pakistan s first series without Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan and they are already trailing 0-1. Talking about their departure from the cricket, Inzamam mentioned, “The current team has lot of young players. Those who are playing the Test series are in the learning process after Misbah and Younis left. These are talented youngsters and [with] a bit more experience, after couple of months, this will become a good team.”

“We are not looking at just two players to fill the void but a few youngsters to take the Pakistani team forward. We have so much talent in the country. Our people love the sport and if you see in every street and road people are playing cricket. That’s why good talents are emerging regularly, Inzamam concluded.