Inzamam, shrink to assist Pakistan team for India series

Johannesburg: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has brought in former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and a psychologist for the national team as they start a weeklong training camp on Friday for their limited overs series against India. India and Pakistan play two Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in their first series for five years, which starts later this month and comes after India resumed ties stalled in the wake of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.

The training camp begins in Lahore and they fly to India on December 22, commencing the tour with a Twenty20 in Bangalore three days later. The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad on December 27 followed by three one-day matches in Chennai on December 30, Kolkata on January 3 and New Delhi on January 6. PCB chairperson Zaka Ashraf said Inzamam had agreed to help as a batting consultant before the tour. “Inzamam will help the batsmen in the camp but since he is busy he will not go on the tour,” Sport24 quoted Ashraf, as saying.

Pakistan has been on the lookout for a coach to overcome batting weaknesses that have proved troublesome at an international level. Inzamam, who played 120 Tests and 378 one-day internationals for Pakistan, was regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his time. Ashraf said sports psychologist Maqbool Babri has also been selected to help motivate the players for the challenging tour. “We hope that the team will perform well on the tour and for this balanced squads have been selected,” said Ashraf.


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