Pakistan can snatch back No. 1 Test spot from India, says Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq added that Pakistan deserved a lot of credit for even having overcome the issue of not being able to play at home.

By: PTI | Karachi | Published:October 8, 2016 10:31 pm
Misbah-ul-Haq Pakistan claimed ICC Test number 1 spot after finishing England series 2-2. (Source: File)

National chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is “disappointed” at Pakistan not playing India in Test matches but believes that his country can snatch back the number one ranking from the Indians by doing well against other countries.

“What can one say on this Indian refusal since 2007 to play us in Test matches. It is disappointing for me as I have played and captained against India in both countries and I know how much these matches mean to people of both countries and cricket world,” Inzamam told PTI in an interview.

“There is nothing we can do but Pakistan is still capable of beating other teams and get back the number one Test spot from India,” the former Test captain said.

He said Pakistan deserved a lot of credit for even having overcome the issue of not being able to play at home since last six years.

“India is playing 13 Tests at home in the next few months, we have not played at home since 2009. But I still believe this Pakistan team can do well anywhere and against anyone,” he said.

“The way we fought back from 1-2 down to level the series in England was a heartening performance. India has not done that well outside their country in Tests. They lost their last series in England.”

Inzamam said Pakistan was blessed with some quality young players and had the right balance with experienced performers as well.

He also felt that Pakistan will have their best chance of doing well in Australia in Tests and ODIs when they go down under later this year.

“Whenever we toured Australia our batsmen always struggled there because of the bouncy tracks. But I think now every Board wants Tests to last for five days to save their commercial interests and nowadays even pitches in Australia are not that fast or bouncy. I think the way our team is playing this time we have a very solid opportunity to upset them in their own backyard,” Inzamam stated.

“We have got the right combination in Tests and we have found some exciting players for ODI and T20 cricket. We have an excellent blend of experience and youth and our mindset is changing. We can do well in New Zealand and Australia as well.”

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    bmniac
    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    How can one play with bearded weirdos?
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    Cathy
    Oct 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm
    They are to blame themselves for not playing at "home". Lists and ranking change, no point in being sad or happy. It happens in every sport,. No point in pointing fingers and making excuses
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    lafanga
    Oct 9, 2016 at 8:01 am
    Only the Indiots refuse to play stan, everyone else does so guess who is the weirdo !!
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    Sivakumar N
    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm
    why do you want to snatch it ?
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    Roshan
    Oct 9, 2016 at 2:47 am
    Your generation to generation will only be obssesed with India and hoe to come ahead of India in every field bu if words would have counted rather then action then I would have become the prime minister of India . Keep dreaming stan . You are not playing in ur backyard since ages because of your only who never criticise any terror attack in their own country . No one will visit a country where anyone can come from anywhere and spray bullete on u.
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    ravi
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:08 pm
    first beat india in a world cup match,then talk
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    yakesha s
    Oct 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm
    Inzamam, you are wrong in saying that India Vs stan matches means a lot to people of both these countries. I don't know about stan, but people of India are not keen to play stan. We have learnt to prioritise country over the rest. Cricket is not that important when compared to country. Infact India should stop playing stan in all sports. We are not that interested in watching a India Vs Pak match.
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