Inzamam-ul-Haq threatens to quit as chief selector

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) assigned the role of Chief Selector for the Pakistan team to former cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq on August 7. There were two instances when Inzamam contemplated resigning.

Despite finalizing the squad for the series against Afghanistan and the Asia Cup, he was not offered an official contract. In response, Inzamam expressed his intention to resign but later had a meeting with PCB management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf to discuss the matter. Inzamam requested a substantial compensation package and a three-year contract, with a monthly salary exceeding 2 million rupees, and the management committee approved the contract duration.

During the recent Asia Cup held in Lahore, Inzamam once again expressed dissatisfaction and demanded full authority to grant NOCs (No Objection Certificates) to players for participation in various leagues. Inzamam’s agents represent several national cricketers, including Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan.

To avoid conflicts of interest, the Board was hesitant to grant the Chief Selector complete authority in issuing NOCs. In response, Inzamam threatened to resign.

Due to the continuous demands and potential conflicts, PCB authorities considered appointing either Misbah ul Haq or Nadeem Khan as Chief Selector. However, they ultimately reached an agreement with Inzamam, resolving the conflict.

Relations have been cordial since then, but there is a possibility of future disputes arising due to conflicting interests and egos.

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