LAHORE: Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Saturday said that changes in the team are likely if performance remains the same.
Speaking to media in Lahore, Inzamam said, “Everyone needs to take responsibility and no one is taking responsibility in the team. Tail-enders are not fighting and this is a weakness in the team.”
“We have been watching this for a year and have to start working on this,” he added.
Responding to question about his nephew Imam-ul-Haq he said:
“It is not right to attach Imam to me. He is a good player and has a long way to go in the team.”
The former Pakistan captain continued, “The thing is international cricket is the name for dealing with pressure and we are unable to deal with the pressure of fourth innings.”
“All three matches against New Zealand were in our hands. If this sort of performance continues, then there will be changes in the team,” he said.
Inzamam added, “Team will have to perform better against South Africa.”
On the subject of team selection, Inzamam said, “Mohammad Rizwan has been selected not only as a wicket-keeper but also for his batting. He was selected so that there is less pressure on Sarfraz.”
Earlier, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that he will step aside from captaincy duties if the team loses because of his mistakes.
Pressure is sure to increase on Safraz as his role as captain comes under closer scrutiny. He has now lost five of his ten Tests as skipper, with four wins and a draw, but he said it is not the right time to leave the post.
Look, when it (defeat) happens then one thinks on that [captaincy], said Sarfraz during the post-match conference after the third Test against New Zealand. “But before an important tour of South Africa if you think like that, then it’s not beneficial for the team.
If I think that I am making mistakes and if the Pakistan team is not winning because of me, then I will think about getting away from it. And if there is someone else who is better suited for the captaincy of the Pakistan team, then I will do.
The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa will start on December 26. The second test will be played in Cape Town from January 3 to 7 next year, while the third and final match is in Johannesburg from January 11 to 15.
Pakistan will also play five one-day internationals and three T20 internationals on the tour.
Pakistan squad for South Africa Tests:
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C, Wk), Md Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Md Abbas, Hassan Ali, Md Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi